Can I get fired from my job in a letter form with no warnings?

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Can I get fired from my job in a letter form with no warnings?

I was fired for working too slowly, yet I was getting compliments from fellow co-workers as well as my job performance and was told I was “catching on quickly”. Signed no “at will to work” papers, was given no handbook, nor any verbal notification.

Asked on September 17, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The problem is that employees are employees at will unless they have a contract to the contrary. So if you do not have an employment contract, you are an employee at will. Siging no "at will to work" papers therefore is irrelevant, since  you are an at will employee unless there is written agreement specifically saying otherwise. As an employee at will, you may be fired at any time, for any reason, even an incorrect or unfair reason, or no reason at all. So the fact you were being told you were doing well does not matter--you can still be fired. Similarly,  there is no obligation to give an employee at will any notice or warning or notification, so the fact that you were given none does not matter. Finally, there is no obligation or requirement that companies have employee handbooks or give them out.


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