Can I be terminated for an accident in a company vehicle if a tire blew?

I work for a company that test drives prototype cars in normal highway conditions. A tire blew in the car causing a single car accident where I put the car into the barrier on the highway no one else was involved, supervisor witnessed the accident and stopped to assist. Today HR called and said it is their policy to terminated people for accidents regardless of type or fault. HR cannot produce this policy. Mine is an at will state but can I be terminated for a policy that does not seem to exist?

Asked on September 6, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In an "at will" employment arrangment, a worker can be fired for the reason you state, or for any reason or no reason at all. The fact is that absent legally actionable discrimination or the breach of an employment contract/union agreement, a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. So a business need not have a specific stated policy in order to discharge an employee.


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