Can I be fired from my job for not having a car even though it’s a requirement on application?

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Can I be fired from my job for not having a car even though it’s a requirement on application?

I have been working for this company over a year and yesterday I was just fired out of nowhere for not having a car I had just returned to work last month from being a 3 month leave taking care of my premature twins. I live 2 minutes away from my job and have been walking to work every day I’m scheduled haven’t called or been late. I wasn’t given any written or verbal warning that I would b fired if I didn’t obtain a vehicle. I have only needed/used my vehicle 5 times since I been employed there and I feel that I was unfairly and unjustly fired.

Asked on June 13, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Rhode Island

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless you feel that you have been singled out due to taking FMLA time or some other form of actionable discrimination, then you have no claim here. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of empoyment much as it sees fit. This includes requiring workers to have vehicles. Your only protection here would be if your dischrge violated the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. Again, if you feel that your FMLA time was the cause for your termination then you should discuss your situation with a local attorney who practices employment law.They can best advise you further.


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