Can I get fired for having an expired driver’s license?

I was driving my employer company truck during work hours. I was on the freeway when suddenly everyone started to brake due to traffic. The vehicle behind me was coming to fast and the driver not paying attention, as I was looking in the rear view mirror I knew I was going to hit. The vehicle behind me slammed right into the company truck I was driving. Can I get fired for this situation and for driving with expired driver’s license? I’ve been working for this company for 30 years.

Asked on July 9, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

You can be fired for this reason, any reason, or no reason at all. That is unless you have protection under the terms of an employment contract or union agreement. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will", which means that a company 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 2 years ago | Contributor

You can be fired for this reason, any reason, or no reason at all. That is unless you have protection under the terms of an employment contract or union agreement. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will", which means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). 


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