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Can we fire our employees for any reason, as long as they work at will?
4. Can we fire our employees for any reason, as long as they work at will?
Not quite. You may fire an at-will employee for any reason that isn't illegal. For example, you may fire an employee because you are restructuring, the employee was a poor fit, or you just didn't like the employee. However, you may not fire the employee for discriminatory reasons (because the employee is a particular race or religion, for example). You may not fire the employee in retaliation for reporting workplace problems. And, you may not fire the employee for exercising a legal right, such as the right to vote or take family and medical leave. For more information on illegal grounds for firing, see Nolo's article Illegal Reasons for Firing Employees.