Can I Be Fired From Work For No Reason?
Generally, yes. The general rule is that unless there is an agreement stating otherwise, all employees are considered “at-will" employees. As an “at-will" employee, you can be fired for any reason, or no reason at all. For example, if your boss wants to fire you so that his boss’ sister can take your position, then he can without consequence. However there are a number of exceptions to this rule. Common exceptions to the “at-will" employment rule are:
- A contract or collective bargaining agreement between the employer and employee providing that the employee cannot be fired without good cause;
- Termination that violates public policy (discrimination, retaliation, etc.); and
- Termination that results after the employee’s reasonable reliance on the job offer when the employer knows the employee has had to quit another job, leave school, or move closer to the job.
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Additional Wrongful Termination FAQs
What Is "Good Cause" for Being Terminated or Fired?
A: If there is an agreement that protects you from being fired without “good cause,” then before the employer terminates you, the employer must be able … More
When Does Termination Violate Public Policy?
A: If termination was the result of some retaliation or discrimination, then the termination may violate public policy and the employee may be able to take … More
Does My Employer Have To Give Me Notice Before I Can Be Fired Or Laid Off?
A: It depends. If you are considered an “at-will” employee, your employer can terminate your employment without notice. However, if you have … More
Labor & Employment Law Sub-categories
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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA)
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)