Legal Question in Employment Law in California

If you witness an incident occur at work are you legally obligated to make a statement if asked by your employer or can you waive your right not to?

Asked on 4/15/12, 1:07 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Terry A. Nelson Nelson & Lawless

You can refuse to cooperate with the employer, and they can fire you. Your choice. Any employee's goal should be to keep their supervisors happy and make them look good to the company, and make the company money. That’s how the company pays employee wages. If you don't, then don't be surprised to be replaced. Not only are there no laws against poor management, 'unfair treatment', or rude and obnoxious behavior, but in general unless an employee is civil service, in a union, or has a written employment contract, they are an 'at will' employee that can be disciplined or terminated any time for any reason, with or without ‘cause’, explanation or notice.

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Answered on 4/15/12, 1:53 pm

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