If my friend was working for her boyfriend and they broke up, can he now legally fire her for because she ended their relationship?

Asked on November 28, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes she can be discharged for this. As an "at will" employee she can be fired for this reason, any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. That is unless her treatment is the result of some form of actionable discrimination (and it's not), or her dismissal under the circumstances is prohibited by company policy, an employment contract or union agreement. The fact is that employers have a great deal of discretion in setting  the terms and conditions of employment. This includes, who, what, when, why and how to terminate an employee.


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