Is it legal for privatized home health care client to fire you after they verbally abuse you?

I was taking care of a client/patient who verbally abused me. I explained he was not allowed to talk to

me that way and next thing I knew, he had terminated me. The LLC company said he does this on a regular basis and if you don’t let him verbally and mentally abuse you he doesn’t want you and can ask for someone else. I’ve been very good to this client and respectful. My finances are now devastated because I wouldn’t allow him to talk to me in the manner he did. Is this allowed?

Asked on June 12, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

It is completely legal. The law does not require a customer or client to be respectful to vendors, contractors, or workers--they are allowed to treat you as awful as they like. The law also does not require them to keep employing you: just as you could refuse to go back to a hair stylist, accountant, lawyer, or doctor who you did not like, the customer can refuse to keep using you. Yes, this very unfair--but it is perfectly legal, unfortunately.


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