Was I legally terminated for not filling out an equipment checkout sheet?

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Was I legally terminated for not filling out an equipment checkout sheet?

There was an accident in which I damaged a railing. I was told by another employee to take something outside with his forklift his job I did and did not fill out sheet for that equipment. I’m not that experienced on that type of forklift or

going down a ramp but am certified and have licences. I was given a rundown on how to do so by a separate employee. As soon as I went on the decline it went to fast for me to react and took out a railing. Their were minimal damages

besides railing like concrete chiped and scratches on forklift no one hurt. For a whole week I was told several times that I would not loose my job if eneything right up for not filling out sheet. After about a week i was called into the office were i was told that I was being suspended while they were investigating even though they had been investigating the whole time. The next day I got a call to terminate me and I told and I asked to make it clear that the only reason I was fired was because I failed to fill out an equipment checkout sheet.

Asked on October 8, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless your termination violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, it was legal. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will" which means that an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit, absent some form of legally actionable discrimination. Accordingly, you could have been fired for this reason, any reason or no resoan at all, with or without notice.


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