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I was recently terminated in which the manager later admitted it was a misunderstanding. I tried to get my job back only to be denied because the manager said she heard that I don’t like her and that I don’t like working with her. I eventually texted the owner trying to get my job back but was told that the manager said that if he let me come back then she the manager said she would quit. The manager has dragged my name through the mud and manipulated the owner. Is this legal to deny employment for her personal reasons and to manipulate the owner.

Asked on November 1, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless the circumstances surrounding your discharge violated the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, it violated no law. Also, your treatment must not have constituted any form of actionable discrimination. In other words, if it was not based on your race, religion, age (over 40), disability or the like, then it was perfectly permissable. Otherwise, while seemingly unfair, your treatment was legal. 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. This includes when and why to terminate a worker.


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