Fired Because "My Boss" Had Health Issues!!
Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:09 PM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:25 AM
• of your race, color, 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).
So, unless the reason was something like the things I listed above, it’s not wrongful termination. You might see an employment law attorney anyway to review all the details of what happened. Maybe some contract related argument, like detrimental reliance, might work. All the facts, and which state’s law applies, matter here. In my state, just based on the facts here, I don’t see any really good claim here. Sometimes, unexpected things happen (like the boss suddenly becoming ill) that changes things and you end up unemployed. You may certainly file for unemployment benefits if nothing else.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:49 AM
I can't imagine why the boss would have to train you vs. someone else helping out while she's ill, so both reasons sound silly (not fit or the boss not wanting to hear the co-worker bitch and complain about you). Doesn't make it unlawful, however.
I'll echo PG's advisory "warning" with a twist: (Many) legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here might not fully identify or explain the ramifications of your particular problem. I do not give legal advice as such (and such is impermissible here at any rate). Comments are based on personal knowledge and experience and legal info gleaned over a quarter century, and every state has differing laws on and avenues to address most topics. If you need legal advice, you need to consult (and pay) a professional so that you may have someone to hold accountable. Acting on personal and informational advice from a stranger on the internet is a bad idea -- at least not without your own thorough due dilience/research and confirmation as it applies to your situation.
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