Do I have a case against wrongful termination?

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Do I have a case against wrongful termination?

I’ve been with a large company for over 9 years. It was brought to my attention that I was being suspended and an investigation was to take place because I was accused of breaking a violation of using a cellphone while driving a commercial vehicle, 4 days prior. After a week of little answers and updates I was fired. I was given no proof that I was found to be guilty of it after defending myself innocent. After being singled out for a violation that a few other employees admitted to breaking themselves, I found out that a fellow employee that possibly threaten going to HR over not having seniority over a position that he wanted to the boss, now has my position. I feel like there’s too many coincedences to not be misconduct and wrongfully terminated to protect the job of the boss for a promise he broke to another employee.

Asked on November 4, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Mississippi

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Wrongful termination has to do with breaching the terms of an exisiting employment/union agreement. It also has to do with treatment based on legally actionable discrimination. So, for example, if your discharge violated an employment contract, or was due to your race, religion, age (over 40), disability or the like, then that would have be illegal. Otherwise, as an "at will" worker, your ex-employer was allowed to set the conditions of work much as it saw fit. This included terminating you for any reason or no reason at all, even if other workers who did the same thing were not fired.


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