Would I have a case against my employer if I was to be fired for leaving at the end of my scheduled shift instead of staying due to a random rush of business?

Or poor planning on the number of working employees that shift?

Asked on September 12, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this county, most employees are terminable at the will of the employee. Meaning, an employee can be fired by his or her employer for any justifiable reason so long as there is no discriminatory purpose based upon race, gender, ethnicity or sexuual orientation as examples. Another prohibited basis for termination is retalitation based upon "whistleblowing" (reporting an employer of illegal operations).

In your matter, if you were terminated for leaving right after your shift instead of staying to help due to a rush of business, your employer may be justified particularly if there were prior issues with you not wanting to be a "team player" at work.

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