Can I seek compensation, etc.

I was hired for a full time position to replace an employee who was on medical leave. Management ‘assumed’ he would retire and decided to fill his position.. 6 weeks later, he is released to work again and my position was terminated. I was told how sorry they were and how ‘this company does not operate like this’

I left a good job with benefits to accept this position. I now have no job, no insurance, my emotional well-being is not very good.

My life is basically ruined, I will end up living in a basement with nothing, all because I accepted a ‘full-time permanent’ position.

Is there anything I can do to at least cover my expenses while I try to find employment? I am 62 and broke at the moment.

Asked on March 23, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, there most likely is nothing you can do, unless you had a written employment contract guarantying your position for some period of time (e.g. for a year)--if you did, you can enforce its terms. However, without a contract, all employment is employment at will: an employer may terminate an employee, even a new hire, at any time, for any reason, such as an employee who was thought to be retiring instead returning to work.


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