If I got fired from my job for very unprofessional reasons, what can I do?

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If I got fired from my job for very unprofessional reasons, what can I do?

I got fired from my job, which happens to be a private shoe store company due to allegedly starting a rumor. I worked hard. I was asked a question about my manager about whether the store manager and district manager were dating, and I said that I though that they were and I was fired for saying that. What is the next step?

Asked on November 26, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, New York

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It is not illegal to be treated unprofessionally by your company. The only time a worker would have a claim regarding hostile or harrassing behavior is if it is due to some form of legally actionable discrimination or retaliation. In other words, was your treatment based on your race, religion, age (over 40), disability, etc.? If not then your former employer broke no laws in discharging you. That having been said, if your dismissal violated the terms of any applicable union agreement or employment contract, then you would have a claim. Otherwise, a company could set the conditions of the workplace much as it saw fit.


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