Terminating an Employee: Cause vs Without Cause

What is the difference between terminating an employee for "cause" or "without cause"?

Companies may terminate an employee for "cause" if a specific event (or series of events) occurred that entitles the company to terminate without providing notice. Whether an event (or series of events) is sufficient for claiming "cause" is assessed on a case-by-case basis and should be reviewed by a lawyer. 

The following are some examples of categories for "just cause":

  • Dishonesty 
  • Breach of Trust 
  • Insubordination
  • Absenteeism 
  • Incompetence
  • Sexual Harassment 
  • Fraud 
  • Cumulative Events

If "termination for cause" cannot be justified, companies must provide the requisite amount of notice when terminating. 

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