What to do if my employer told me that they were eliminating my job so I was being laid off but then it went and hired someone for the position that was being “eliminated”?

is this legal?

Asked on January 7, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana


Leizer Goldsmith / The Goldsmith Law Firm, LLC

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Generally, it is not unlawful for an employer to lie about the reason for termination. The problem arises when the lie is actually a cover-up of an unlawful reason, such as discrimination based on race, sex, age, disability, or some other unlawful basis.  If you think the real reason for the termination might have been unlawful, go see an employment discrimination attorney. Good luck.

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