Can I be fired for taking a second job at night?

I was working at a daycare in the morning and was having trouble paying my bills so I took a night job at another daycare. My morning job fired me the next day because I took the second job because they said it is a conflict of interst but they have another employee that works at 2 daycares and they say that it’s OK for them to because the other daycare she works at is not right down the road.

Asked on June 11, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Unless your presumed employer employee contract had a provision preventing you working a second job similar to your primary job, then your employer could terminate you for taking a second job similar to the initial job. Absent that, for your employer to terminate you simply for taking a second job at another day care center during these recessionary times may subject your first employer who terminate you to a legal action.

I suggest that you contact a labor law attorney as well as make a complaint with your local labor department over what happened.

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