In California, and every state across the country, employers are rightfully able to terminate the employment of anyone that is working for them. However, this termination must occur in accordance with certain legal guidelines otherwise it may be considered wrongful. If an employer wrongfully terminates one of their employees, then they may face legal ramifications.
Lawsuits of all types tend to have their own procedural twists and turns. Wrongful-termination lawsuits are certainly no exception to this general rule.
At the professional level, the cliché about coaches is that they are hired to be fired. The pressure to win is often incredibly intense, and sometimes teams looking to make a change just eat the salaries of coaches still under contract - paying them even after relieving them of their duties.
Wrongful termination lawsuits can occur in the public sector as well as the private sector.