What can I do if I was recently fired from a job as a para at a public school after 2 weeks for a bad CORI check due to something I was falsely accused and which was later dismissed?

The incident happened around 2 years ago. I met with the superintendent to explain the situation and he basically told me he didn’t care. This week my fingerprint results came back and were clean but still he refuses to let me return to work. I feel that I’m being punished and discriminated against for something I didn’t do and have no control over. I was wondering if I have a case and should I try and file a lawsuit?

Asked on September 18, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The problem for you is that unless you had a written employment contract or were subject to a union/collective bargaining contract, you were an employee at will. An employee at will may be terminated at any time, for any reason whatsoever, including, for example, accusations which were later dismissed. If you were an employee at will, you had no rights to your employment, and could lose it even for unfair reasons.


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