CanI be fired for a false allegation?

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CanI be fired for a false allegation?

I have worked for this company for 5 years and have never been in trouble. All of a sudden someone new gets hired and starts making accusations against me for which I was given a verbal suspension on Monday for. By Friday I guess they had found no truth to the story and called and asked about a situation that occurred last month. I answered the questions about that as well, then they called and said we have decided to let you go based that incident (which wasn’t the one I was suspended for).

Asked on September 18, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, yes you could be terminated (suspended) due to a false allegation. If you are an "at will" employee, your employer can hire or fire you for any reason (even a bad one) or no reason at all (with or without notice) That is unless there is a stated company policy to the contrary or there is a union/employment agreement that prohibits such action. Also, if this situation was due to some form of discrimination, that would be illegal. I'm afraid that based of the facts you have presented, your employer is within its rights and violated no laws.  


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