Can an employer fire you without warning?

About 5 months ago I was fired after almost 5 years. I was just given raise 2 weeks prior. They did hire another girl who was there for about 8 months. I worked with her but she did not work with me; she was not a team player at all. She was always preaching God to me. I started to complain about her and that is when I was let go. No verbal warning or written warning was ever given.

Asked on August 19, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Rhode Island

Answers:

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Unless your discharge violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, you have no claim here. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will". This means that a business can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, a worker can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Unless your discharge violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, you have no claim here. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will". This means that a business can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, a worker can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.


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