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Can you please tell me if you are in a union? Also, when you say you were removed from your position, does that mean you were fired?
If you don't know whether you are in a union then you are definitely not in a union. Unfortunately, barring union membership or a contract that expressly limits your employer's ability to terminate your employment (few employees have this), employment in the state of California is "at will." At will employment can be terminated for any reason not amounting to discrimination on the basis of a legally protected trait (race, religion, gender, etc.) or retaliation for engaging in certain forms of legally protected conduct (filing a wage claim, taking FMLA leave, etc.). It doesn't matter whether the basis for termination is fair, reasonable or even TRUE. Thus, while highly unfair, it would not be illegal to terminate your employment based on the facts you have described.
All of the above noted, it costs employers time and money to hire and train replacement employees, and so employers generally have a strong self interest in terminating employees only for good reason. Most employers tend to be rational, and so it may be possible to explain what happened to HR and ask for a second chance. I wish I could tell you otherwise, but this is really your only option as an at will employee, since the law does not protect you from unfair or baseless terminations.
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