If an employee’s spouse is bad mouthing our business and supervisors on-line, can we legally fire this employee because of this?

Asked on November 14, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

In an "at will" work relationship, an employer can set the terms and conditions of employment much as it sees fit. This means that it can terminate an employee for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. This is true unless its actions violates the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. Also, the employee's treatment must not be do to some form of actionable discrimination.

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