When can you legally fire employees? This isn't an easy question to answer, as laws and cases have become increasingly protective of employees. Although the "at will" doctrine is still prevalent in many states (meaning that you can freely fire an employee at any time), there are many exceptions. And, employees are increasingly suing managers and companies for "wrongful terminations," harassment, discrimination and other reasons.
Employment lawsuits can be nasty and expensive, and they can generate awful publicity for your company. Juries tend to be particularly partial to terminated employees.So when can you legally fire an employee? Here is a list of some reasons that should generally stand up: