Can an employer fire you due to who you hang out with after work?

My employer threatened to fire me if they find out I’m hanging out with friends who Ive known longer than I’ve had my job after hours. Is this legal?

Asked on March 12, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, it is legal. The fact is that as an "at will" worker, you can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. Basically, an employer can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination).

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, it is legal. The fact is that as an "at will" worker, you can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. Basically, an employer can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination).


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