Can you get fired for breaking a company’s policy that you weren’t made aware of?

Asked on December 13, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you did not have an employment contract of some sort, limiting the grounds for termination or providing some process for termination, you are an employee at will. An employee at will, as the term implies, may be fired at any time, for any reason whatsover, without notice or warning--and this includes for violating a policy of which you were unaware. Fairness, etc. does not enter into the equation. Unfortunately, without an employment contract, there is very little protection for employment.

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