Under what circumstances can I be fired?

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Under what circumstances can I be fired?

Recently, I informed management employees were taking days off without approval and not logging their time in the payroll database. The employees found out and now state I have attitude issues. Thereafter, one employee accused me of going into her office while she was gone, which was not true and no proof was provided. Management agreed with her, stating that I have a negative attitude. However, I have been with the company for 9 years and gotten promoted. Management had a meeting and indirectly talked about firing me. Of course, there have been other things that have happened. No I have not been fired, yet. However, I like to be proactive, just in case. I recorded the meeting, as well as, documented things that have occurred in the department. Yes, I am looked for another job but what else can I do? Is there a

lawsuit in the making?

Asked on August 19, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Do you have a union/collective bargaining agreement or employment contract that prohibits your outright dismissal? Would terminating you constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination or retaliation? If not, then I'm afraid you have no legal protection in this matter. The fact is that most employment is "at will" which means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. Accordingly, an employee can be discharged for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.


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