If my employer fired me without notice and reason, can I claim a financial compensation?

I am director in a company. I signed a temporary contract 30 months ago for a period of 6 months. They decided to keep me but I didn’t sign a new contract. Am I eligible to claim financial compensation if they fire me without justification?

Asked on September 8, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, New Mexico

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Once your employment contract expired, you became an "at will" worker. This means that the company was free to set the conditions of your employment much as it saw fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Therefore, you could have been terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.


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