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I was terminated on my second week of a new job because I picked a piece of lint off the top of female co-workers upper back/shoulder on my 3rd day. There were no other incidents or contacts. When I did it she was standing in front of me while we were being shown something and I told her she had something on her and then just picked it off. a few days later she claimed it made her uncomfortable. i was told of the complaint and sent home for 2 days with no contact and was just told the management was going to review the video. Then I received a call saying that I was being let go. This is a small office setting with only 4 people there.
Asked on December 13, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois
M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 2 years ago | Contributor
Unless you have an employment contract or union agreement that offers some protection under the circumstances, you were an "at will" worker. This means that you could have been terminated for the reason that you state or for any reason or for no reason at all, with or without notice. Basically, a company can set the condtions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Bottom line, you have no recourse here against your termination.
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