What is my recourse if a former employer has dismissed me without a hearing?

They will not answer my calls to tell me what company policy it was that I supposedly violated. They have caused me to miss being hired by another company. They have already cost me $3,000 in lost wages.

Asked on March 5, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Louisiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Do you have a contract, including a union agreement, which guaranteed you the right to a hearing, or limited grounds for termination to certain specific causes? If so, you can enforce the terms of that agreement and may have a legal cause of action.

However, without such an agreement, you are an "employee at will." An employee at will may be fired at any time, for any reason, without notice and without explanation. An employer is not obligated, except by contract, to return you calls or explain why they fired you. Therefore, unless you had some contract which is being violated, you most likely do not have any recourse.


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