What can I do if I just got fired from a job I’ve held for about 10 years now but was given no reason as to why?

About 2 years ago, I did receive a write-up. Today, I was fired. I thought that a write-up expires after 1 year. Also, when I came to work, they didn’t give me a reason for firing me. They just told me to pack up and leave.

Asked on September 24, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that you may have no rights in this case. The fact is that most employment relationships are "at will". This means that an employer can set the terms and condituions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This means that they can terminate an employee for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. The exceptions to this would be if your employer's action violated a union agreement, employment contract or company policy. Also, yout treatment must not constitute some form of employment retaliation or discrimination.
However, actionable discrimination has to do with someone being treated differnently due to their race, religion, age, disability, gender, national origin or sexual orientation. Absent the foregoing, not all employees need be treated the same or even fairly. Without more facts, on the fact of it, it appears that your employer has done nothing illegal. if you still have questions, you can consult directy with an employment law attorney in your area. 


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