Can I be fired for simply asking a question?

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Can I be fired for simply asking a question?

I was fired because I asked a question. Today was my off day and I was

called on my cell phone to come into work. I obliged and went it. Then I asked my manager a question about a room that I had to clean and that I felt like I didn’t have to clean it because it was not on my list. You know what, he told me that the rooms were split. Yet, the person who was supposed to work was in their home hanging out while I was the only one working. My boss never gives me a chance to talk to him like he does everyone else. I work very, very hard for him and I never complain. However, today was just a day that I had had it regarding doing other people’s work and being the only one who works hard for this company. I just wanted to know if that was legal.

Asked on May 23, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless you had protection under the terms of an employment ocntract or union agreement, you gave no claim here. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absenet some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, you could have been fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.


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