Is this wrongful termination?

I committed a potential termination offense at work. After a
meeting with Human Resources, i was told i wasn’t fired and i
could return to work. An hour later, my supervisor told me i
was fired for the offense.

Asked on December 16, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless your treatment violated the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, you have no claim here. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will". This means that, absent some form of actionable discrimination, a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit, which includes when and why a worker can be terminated. In fact, an employee can be discharged for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless your treatment violated the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, you have no claim here. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will". This means that, absent some form of actionable discrimination, a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit, which includes when and why a worker can be terminated. In fact, an employee can be discharged for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.


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