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What is Termination for Cause?

Termination for cause is immediate termination prompted by breaking the code of acceptable workplace behavior—like possession of an unapproved weapon at work or a hand in the till or endangering the health and safety of coworkers.

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Employment at will theoretically gives you freedom to fire workers whenever you wish. But unless you have a good reason for termination, you may be vulnerable to a lawsuit claiming the firing was unfair. Such legal cases usually charge that the termination was due to racial or age or other bias. Unless this charge can be proved, there is no case.