Am I able to sue for wrongful termination?

I was a lead, not manager, of the company warehouse. I was fired due to an act of an employee under my supervision. I did not participate in the act, but was present performing another task while the other employee broke company policy. Myself and another employee that was present were fired from the job while the employee received no consequences.

Asked on April 1, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, it was legal. The fact is that not all employees need be treated the same or even fairly. That is so long as no form of legally actionable discrimination is a factor in their treatment. In other words, if your being fired was based on your race, relgion, age, disability, gender, etc. then that would be illegal (however you did not indicate that to be the case). Basically, most employment is "at will". This means that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes who to fire and why (in fact a worker can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all). Accordingy, based on the limited details given, it appears that you have no recourse in this matter. That having been said, to be certain, you can consult directly with a local employment law attorney who can best advise you further after gong over all of the facts of your situation. 


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