If they terminated you because you knew they were faking medical documents then that could form the basis of a whistleblower and wrongful termination claim. Did you ever report the false medical documents to any government authority or management?
Also, an employer in CA is required to pay out accrued vacation time at the employee's last regular rate of pay when an employee is terminated. It sounds like they were forcing you to use your vacation time instead of immediately terminating you which may be problematic. You should speak with an employment lawyer.
In addition to employee rights issues, you raise some serious public health and safety issues that should be addressed with the help of an attorney.
Ask yourself how you can help fix and repair the harm done by your employer.
I am very sorry this happened, and I hope you get an experienced lawyer to understand how to defend your rights and pursue your legal remedies.
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I agree with my colleagues. It appears that you may have a wrongful discharge/whistleblower claim. You should consult with a local employment law attorney.
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It is not clear to me whether you worked for a doctor, medical group or pharmacy. The state medical board has the authority to investigate health care practitioner who violate the law and the FDA investigates fake patient prescriptions. There may very well be insurance fraud going on, as well, which would involved the district attorney's office. As noted by my colleagues, you will need a lawyer to help guide you through these matters, as well as your labor issues. You can either find one by using the "Find a Lawyer" function on this page or going to the website for the California Employment Lawyers Association at www.cela.org and find a CELA member in your area.
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Your post is confusing but perhaps it will be helpful to address the issue framed in your headline: in California, employees can be terminated without any prior notice. The employer retains this right no matter how long the employee has worked for the employer. Employees with employment contracts or union protections may have the right to notice of a duration specified in the contract.
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