Can I do anything regarding wrongful termination if I just lost my job after stellar performance reports and positive interactions with my superior?

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Can I do anything regarding wrongful termination if I just lost my job after stellar performance reports and positive interactions with my superior?

I was placed on administrative leave while my company looked into me being accused of hanging up the phone line on customers. I met with HR and denied that I ever purposely hung up on anyone. After being on leave for 5 days they called me in and terminated me. Up to this point I had worked at the company for 9 months and had never been warned or reprimanded for anything. I had nothing but positive discussions with my manager about my future as a leader in the company and had just had a similar meeting a week prior to all of this. I wonder if anything can be done?

Asked on October 6, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Did you have a union agreement or employment contract. If not, then unless your discharge in some way violated company policy or constituted some form of actionable discrimination, you have no claim. While seemingly unfair, your termination does not appear to have been wrongful. In most instances an employer has a great deal of discretion in setting the terms and conditions of employment. This includes why and how an employee can be dismissed; basically an employee can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.


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