Could I and should I sue my previous employer?

I was arrested for possession of child pornography a few months ago. I had the materials for research and there’s enough evidence to prove it. I was arrested by Police due to ignorance and not having enough knowledge on technical matters. I am currently going through the a criminal case which I am confident that I will win given all the traceable information. I was involved on such research for number years and was not related to my job. I was fired from my job after 15 years due to violation of corporate policy. It was because I used one of the company’s old computer that was not in service to download some of the research materials. No one had access to them, nor it effected the business any way. The company did not even asked for an explanation from me. If the materials were to help people, did not cause any interference in business in anyway and specially was downloaded to a

Asked on June 12, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that you violated company policy and whether or not you think that it was a serious violation, was not your call. Further, in an "at will" employment arrangement, an employee can be fired for any reason or no reason at all. This is true so long as the employer's action did not violate a union agreement or an employment contract. Also, such action must not have constituted some form of legally actionable discrimination. Otherwise, your employer was free to set the conditions of work much as it saw fit.


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