What can I do about a wrongful discharge from my cleaning job?

First, I was fired through a text message and second, they changed my pay without any prior notice. I found out when my paycheck was short. They claim I am not doing my job but I have taken pictures from before and after cleaning the banks and they never tell me of any complaints. They gave me improper training in the beginning and I received a major complaint and they went and checked and said that the branch looked amazing and that I was doing my job right.

Asked on December 2, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

First of all, does any of this violate company policy or a term of an employment contract or union agreement. Was there any form of actionable discrimination involved. If not, then the fact is that there is no legal requirement that an employee to receive a termination notice in person, by US mail, etc Therefore, a text informing an employee of their discharge is perfectly permissible (and an employer can fire an employee for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice). Further, an "at will" employer can set the terms and conditions of the workplace as it deems fit. This includes a decrease in an employee's wages.

Note: Wages cannot be changed after the fact. In other words, the can;t be changed after the work has already been performed. But they can be changed, without notice, for future work performed going forward.


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