I live in California. I occupied a position for 8 months, where I sometimes worked from home (on a company’s laptop computer) sometimes on-site (on company’s desktop computer).
Everything seemed to go well, and it seemed my performance was good and my coworkers were happy with me. The following events occurred within one day.
8:30AM: I am given a new project, that I start working on on the company’s laptop from my home
10:30AM: I receive an email on my personal email account informing me of my termination, without any details or explanation, and asking me to return equipment and pick up personal belongings on-site. Immediately, my professional email account is deleted by my supervisors without warning (containing both professional and personal data, such as health coverage, etc) .
01:30PM: While I am on my way to return company equipment and pick up my belongings, my supervisor sends me a text message warning me that I am not allowed on the premises and that the exchange of equipment will happen in the hall of the building. My belongings were packed for me and brought to me. My supervisor refused any comments or explanations “I can’t tell you anything”. I wasn’t allowed near the desktop computer I used for 8 months to verify and delete myself any personal data, my supervisor told me that they would “take care of it”.
03:18 PM: I receive an email telling me that my final pay has been emitted.
No other document was given to me.
After looking for the procedures to apply for unemployment insurance, I found that the California Code of Regulations, title 22, section 1089-1, subdivisions (d)(1) and (2) states that a “notice of change in employee relationship” should be given to the former employee, no further than the effective date of termination.” This wasn’t the case.
I find suspicious that I wasn’t allowed to delete my own personal information from the company’s desktop computer. I know it contained personal passwords and data of various nature (phone numbers used for email authentication, backup email addresses, code snippets, etc).
Considering the termination didn’t happen face to face, without a warning, without witnesses, without reasons or examples, without kindness concern or respect, without any way to communicate with my former colleagues what happened, and through a misleading private and undocumented procedure, was this termination carried out in a legal way, according to California law?