What constitutes a wrongful termination suit?

I started a new job last week. They sent me to paid training the first 2 days of this week. Then, yesterday, when I went in he laid me off because he had a friend with more experience than me. So basically he hired someone else while I was in training and fired me without cause.

Asked on June 14, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless you had an employment contract or union agreement that gave you protection against your firing, you have no claim here. Most work arrangements are "at will" which means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. Accordingly, an employer can terminate a worker for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. The only exception to this is if an employee's treatment contitutes some form of legally actionable discrimination (i.e. lesser treatment based on race, religion, gender, disability age (over 40) nationality, etc.; none of which you indicated to be the case). That having been said, if you either quit a job or relocated to accept this job opportunity, then you may have a claim for "detrimental reliance" (a/k/a/ "promissory estoppel"). At this point, you can consult directly with a local employment law attorney. After reveiewing he details of your situation, they can advise you further.


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