What are our rights if my husband was fired from his job because of sexual harassment allegations?

He was sent home on paid leave but never signed any documentation and was fired a week and a half later – again he didn’t sign any documentation. I’m worried about his career future as these were allegations and am wondering our next steps.

Asked on September 1, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

1 If he did not have an employment contract, he was an employee at will and could be terminated at any time, for any reason, including an allegation of sexual harassment. Even if the allegation is false, he may still be fired over it, because, he could be fired for any reason--even just that a supervisor felt like firing him.
2 If he did not have an employement contract, he was not owed any severance or compensation. The employer could choose to give him severance or other compensation, but is not required to.
3 There is no need to provide any documentation to him of termination or have him sign any.
4 If the allegations are false, he may be able to sue the persons making them for defamation. And/or possibly for tortious interference with economic advantage. If you think this is the case, he should speak with a personal injury P.I. attorney about what his case may be worth, how strong it is, how to pursue it, etc.


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