My employer is questioning my timesheets?

I received a very detailed email stating if
my timesheets from February of 2016 to
current were accurate. My employer has
us send in timesheets daily from an excel
spreadsheet and at the very bottom of
the excel sheet it says to sign indicting all
my times are correct. I’ve never signed
off on any of my timesheets. I feel like
my employer is trying to wrongfully
terminate me. Can you assist? I have
more information

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


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

An employee can face disciplinary action due to timesheet irregularities. The fact is that most employment relationships are "at will". This means that without an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary, a worker can be demoted, suspended, terminated, etc. at the discretion of their employer. In other words, they can have face adverse action for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. Further, wrongful termination has to due with a worker receiving lesser treatment due to their race, religion, national origin, age (over 40), disability, etc. And you did not indicate such to be the case here.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You can't do anything, unless you have a written employment contract for a definite time or period (e.g. a one-year, two-year, etc. contract) which has not expired. The reason is, without a contract, your employment is "employment at will": you may be demoted, suspended, or otherwise disciplined, up to and including termination, at any time for any reason whatsover--including simply that your employer wants to terminate you, for example. Without a contract, there is no such thing as "wrongful  termination," because any termination of an employee at will is legal; as an employee at will, you have no rights to your job.

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