Question on being fired

I use Uber daily to get to and from work. I had had 4-5 cards listed in Uber along with a company credit card. Uber does not show anything no label other than the last 4 numbers of the card, somehow for the last 2-3 months I inadvertently had charged my rides to the company card which is my boss’s which we use for travel expenses instead of one of my cards. Since my daily Uber was about 30 roundtrip, it totaled $900 that was on the card. The company discovered this and immediately identified it was me when they asked the whole office who it was. After I checked my records and sickeningly and sadly realized my mix up, I wrote an apology email and letter to my boss. I have money waiting to pay the company back, however I am concerned that I’m about to be fired for misconduct due to this. Can they fire me for this? I was not aware what was happening and actually identified myself willingly and openly when the whole company was asked? I have had a money order sitting in my possession for the last week to pay them completely back in full. If I am fired for this will I be able to collect unemployment? I have been with the company for 3 years which is a long time for this company since it is a restart up and only 3 other employees predate me and have vacation time left over. What can I expect in terms of what I will be left with in terms of pay I know another employee who was fired for misconduct got 4 weeks severance and he had only been here for less than 6 months. What can I expect? What are my rights? This company has been sued multiple times by ex-employees for age discrimination and religious discrimination. I know the skeletons in the closets. s it better to be fired for misconduct and have that on my record or quit?

Asked on March 3, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not you reimburse your employer, you can be terminated for this mistake. In fact, if you are an "at will" employee you can be terminated for this reason, any reason or no reason at all. That is unless you have protection against this under the terms of a union agreement/emplyment contract or it contitutes some form of leglly actionable discrimination (which it does not appear to). 

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