Can an employee be terminated for accepting gas money?

My girlfriend was terminated from herjob. She drove from out of town to get some family members of another employee into the park using her main gate pass. The family gave her $15 for gas and her employer fired her claiming the money was compensation for the tickets. I believe the money was compensation for her gas which she paid for using her own money.

Asked on August 2, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The only important issue is whether your girlfried had an employment contract or not. If she did, and it would have prevented her from being termianted in this situation, she could enforce its terms, including by bringing a lawsuit if necessary. However, if she lacked an employment contract, she was an employee at will, and could be fired at any time, for any reason--including this reason, or simply that her employer wanted to fire her.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The only important issue is whether your girlfried had an employment contract or not. If she did, and it would have prevented her from being termianted in this situation, she could enforce its terms, including by bringing a lawsuit if necessary. However, if she lacked an employment contract, she was an employee at will, and could be fired at any time, for any reason--including this reason, or simply that her employer wanted to fire her.


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