Is it legal to fire an employee after an altercation with another co-worker?

Another coworker and got having a heated discussion and he blew cigarette smoke in my face in the process of fanning the smoke out of my face on my downward swing, he swung upward to block me. I had keychain in my hand and he was cut in the process. Yes I saw a little blood but was told that he needed 10 stitches.

Asked on October 30, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

In an "at will" work relationship (which most employment is), a worker can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. So, unless your termination violated a union agreement or employment contract it was legal.


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