Is it OK for you to hear from other employees at work that you have been sacked?

A friend of mine heard from her colleague’s that she had been sacked by text. My friend has had no verbal or written warning’s previously. The employer has now called her in for a disciplinary. Where does she stand legally?

Asked on February 19, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska

Answers:

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Unless your friend signed an employment contract or was covered by a union agreement, then she was an "at will" worker. This means that she could have been terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. Bottom line, a company can set the terms of the workplace much as they see fit (absent some form of legally ctionable discimination).

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Unless your friend signed an employment contract or was covered by a union agreement, then she was an "at will" worker. This means that she could have been terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. Bottom line, a company can set the terms of the workplace much as they see fit (absent some form of legally ctionable discimination). 


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