sleeping on the job do you need a witness for termination

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sleeping on the job do you need a witness for termination

Asked on May 8, 2009 under Business Law, Iowa

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Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

In most employment situations an employee is an employee "at will." That means the employer can terminate the employee at any time, with or without a reason and regardless of cause, so long as the employer is not violating some law (such as civil rights type laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the grounds of age, sex, race, religion, military status, etc.) or the employee is not protected by a contract (such as a collective bargaining agreement or special contract). 

The existence of severe cause may be a defense to a claim for unemployment insurance, and if that's ever challenged, witness testimony is sometimes needed or helpful. But for the employer to say "you're fired!" it is not needed.


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