If I am found guilty to or plead guilty to a recent charge of endangering the welfare of children misdemeanor can the home healthcare company I work for terminate me?

I have been employed with them for over 3 nearly 4 years. My children were never removed from my care and CYS didn’t open a case but the local police have decided to pursue charges. I am going to fight and try to get reduced or other charges but my employer found out the day after charges were filed and told me if I was found guilty I would be immediately terminated. I tried reading the laws but not sure what I’m reading.

Asked on January 12, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have a written employment contract preventing your termination for this reason, they may terminate you. Except if and to the extent that the employer's ability to terminate you is restricted by a signed contract, you are an "employee at will" and may be terminated at any time, for any reason whatsoever.


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