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I have been employeed in a medical practice as Physician Assistant for over 11 years but was terminated last week. My boss and the practice manager, who happens to be new, called me into my boss’s office 20 minutes prior my first patient appointment of the day and he stated that there had been a patient complaint that occurred several weeks prior and he was terminating me immediately. He did not give me any specific details as to which patient made the complaint or what the complaint was even though I asked. The whole event was done in less than 60 seconds. There was no notification by the practice manager concerning the complaint and therefore is no documentation in my file concerning this or anything else negative over the past 11 years. She did not address it with me but did go behind my back and ask the medical assistants and another provider questions concerning my work.
Asked on February 7, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia
M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
While your situation is unfortunate, this action was probably legal. That is unless your treatment was due to some form of legally actionable discrimnation (i.e. based on your race, religion, national origin, disability, age (over 40), etc.). Also, it would give rise to a legal claim it it violated the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. Otherwise, as an "at will" worker your former employer was free to set the conditions of the workplace much as it saw fit. In fact, an employee can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.