What are my righst if I was fired without warning?

I was working at a national sandwhich chain and the owner of the store told me that I was fired – without any warning. I was always early and had no problems. He said that I had left them short-handed and it was unacceptible. He also stated that the woman he talked to was very upset. However, she said that I could leave to go to my doctor’s appointment and she knew about it hours in advance. I reminded her all day. Is this unlawful termiation?

Asked on July 28, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona


Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, Arizona is an "at will" employment state.  That means that you can get fired for any reason, except an unlawful one.  Unlawful termination would be a termination based upon a discriminatory reason (race, religion, etc...) or as retaliation for certain sorts of whistleblowing.  Firing you because you went to a doctor's appointment is legal.  The only way you could have a case is if the reason given was totally pretextual and the real reason was discriminatory.

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