What are my rights if I was fired without real cause?

My employer claims I was not doing my job. However, he recently hired someone that he’s paying considerably less than me. I believe that’s why I was fired. I have proof that my job was being performed to my highest potential. Do I have any chance of wrongful termination?

Asked on September 15, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violated the terms of an employment contract/union agreement or your treatment constituted some form of legally actionable discrimination, you have no claim here. The fact is that most employment is "at will". This means that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. Accordingly, a worker can be discharged for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.


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