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I am very sorry you were let go. Are you asking if this treatment is illegal? Can you clarify what specifically it is that you would like to know? I very much look forward to helping you on this matter.
Thank you for clarifying.
Unfortunately, I must tell you that employment in the state of California is "at will" absent an express agreement to the contrary. 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. This regrettably means that you can be terminated under the circumstances you have described, even if you felt pressured to do what you did, even if other people were not fired for similar offenses, and even if this was all just a fabricated pretense to let you go due to larger cutbacks. None of that changes the fact that employment, at its core, is a voluntary relationship between two parites which either party can choose to end at any time, subject to very few inapplicable exceptions.
I hope that you find this information helpful and am genuinely sorry if it is not what you were hoping to hear. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.