Can my small business employer legally fire someone for dating a co-worker?

There has been no non-dating policy in place.

Asked on January 25, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, Mississippi

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If you do not have a written employment contract which guarantees you employment for a specific time frame (e.g. for a year) and/or which limits or restricts the grounds for  which you could be terminated, you are an employee at will. An employee at will may be fired at any time, for any reason, without prior warning--including for dating a co-worker, and even when there was no non-dating policy previously in place.


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