If I’m an independent contractor and got into an argument with my supervisor, what are my rights or what can I do to keep my job?

My supervisor got out of hand yesterday and so I walked out of the office in order to cool off. I then called him and told him I was not resigning, I was simply cooling off. He said that my walking out was quitting and that I needed to get my things and go. So I did to avoid problems. I spoke to the owner of the company and he said to talk it out with my supervisor in order to work it out. However, my supervisor won’t take my request for a meeting.

Asked on September 2, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Do you have a written contract? If you do, your employment can only be terminated in accordance with the contract's terms. Unfortunately, if there is no written contract, then your employment may be terminated at any time, subject only to paying you for all work done up to the moment of termination. So without a contract, your supervisor could terminate your employment. If you have a contract, check its terms to see what protection it affords you in this situation.


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