What are my rights regarding a false allegation and unjust termination?

False accusation from parent of toddler at preschool center. No previous incidents. Not given opportunity to have a conversation with parent or director. Owner admitted that parent would pull the child out of daycare if I was not terminated.

Asked on December 1, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Do you have an employment contract or union agreement prohibiting your discharge under the circumstances? Does this type of dismissal violate existing company policy? Was there some form of actionable discrimination present in your treatment? If not, then I'm afraid that while your employer's action appears unfair, it is probably legal. 

The fact is that an employer has a great deal of discretion in setting the term and conditions of employment; this includes just when, how an employee is terminated. Under the law, an employer can fire an employee for any reason or no reason whatsoever. Bottom line, absent a contract, etc (as listed above) you have no claim for wrongful termination.


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