Can a person be fire for using a non-work affiliated messaging app with co-workers and something inappropriate is said?

Asked on October 17, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Oklahoma

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If you don't have a written employment contract limiting the reasons you could be fired, you can be fired for any reason whatsoever without a written contract, you are an "employee at will" and, as the term implies, your continued employment--and the termination thereof--is at the "will" or choice of the employer. Therefore, unless you had a written employment contract preventing termination for this reason, you could be fired for saying something inappropriate in text, on a work-affiliated app or not.


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