fired and i dont know why
Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:49 AM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:52 AM
As far as the termination goes, when the employer is not a government agency, then the employer may legally fire you for any reason (or no reason at all) except for a few reasons prohibited by law. The prohibited reasons include firing you because:
• of your race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic test information under federal law (some states/localities add a few more categories like sexual orientation);
• you make certain kinds of reports about the employer to the government or in limited circumstances to specified persons in the employing company itself (known as whistle-blower protection laws);
• you participate in union organizing activities;
• you use a right or benefit the law guarantees you (e.g. using leave under FMLA);
• you filed a bankruptcy petition;
• your pay was garnished by a single creditor or by the IRS; and
• you took time off work to attend jury duty (in most states).
Your situation doesn’t fall into one of those protected categories and thus the termination is likley not wrongful.
If you are a member of a union that has a collective bargaining agreement with the employer, then there may be restrictions in that agreement concerning the circumstances in which the employer may fire you.
You may apply for unemployment benefits if you are terminated, though. The state makes the decision on whether you get benefits, not the employer, so it doesn’t hurt to apply and see if you qualify.
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