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Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat does it mean to be terminated with cause?If one's employment is terminated with cause, there is typically no requirement on the part of the employer to provide notice or financial compensation. However, the employer must ensure that the reason for termination is properly set out and that the employer can provide the cause if it goes to court. Typical examples of termination with cause include dishonesty, disloyalty, insubordination, disobedience, lateness/absenteeism, illness, disruption of business affairs, alcohol or drug use, incompetence, neglect of duty, conflict of interest, criminal or immoral conduct and sexual harassment.
Other than when required to provide compensation or notice by an employee's employment contract, a US employer does not have to provide notice or compensation to an employee who is terminated without cause.