What are my rights if I was let go because I took a picture of my desk at work?

As I took the picture, the HR girl was right there. She didn’t say anything to me that this was wrong. I feel she wanted me gone. Do I have any rights? This was a very large company. I was there on a temporary assignment. I’ve never been let go from a job. I worked for a grocery chain for over 30 years and was a store manager at clothing chain for the last 5 until they unexpectedly closed my store.

Asked on October 7, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that most employment relationships are what is known as "at will". This means that an employer can set the terms as conditions of the owrkplace much as it sees fit. Therefore, they may hire/fire much as they choose. This means that an empoluyee can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.
The above is true unless your treatment violates the terms of an employment contract, union/collective bargaining agreement or company policy. Also, it must not constitute legally actionable discrimination or retaliation.


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