Can I file a lawsuit or do I have a weak case?

I worked for a very renowned company based in
Dallas, TX as a consultant. I had an affair with a
married man and so am I. It was getting very
unpleasant and awkward so I resigned but my
manager insisted I stay and work it out. When he
asked me what the reason i just claimed personal
issue. However after a week I thought I should be
honest and tell the truth. He reported it to HR. I was
let go last Friday but the guy is still there. Is it just
because he is a full time employee and I am not that
I have to face the consequences and not him? Or in
such cases will both parties be let go? This has
caused immense pain and my professional
reputation has been marred. I know what we did was
immoral and not acceptable but to be the only
person punished is unfair.

Asked on June 8, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There is no law requiring both parties to be punished, or prohibiting only one from being termianted: it is up to employer discretion. Since you were a consultant and he was a full-time employee, it is not unreasonable to let you go while retaining him, so whether you feel it unfair or not, there was most likely nothing legally improper about this: there was a valid basis for treating you differently.


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