Unfortunately nothing in the facts that you shared is per se unlawful. In fact since NY is an employment "at will
" state the employer could have terminated you for any, or no, reason and with no notice or warning as long as the termination
hadn't violated a company policy. employment contract
, or employment discrimination
law. That also means that they get to set the terms and conditions of employment, including how they conduct any disciplinary or other type of investigations. Absent a contract, there is no right for an employee to have a witness, note taker or to record a conversation of any type in the workplace.
That said, if there are other facts that I am not aware of, for example, you believe you were targeted because you are a member of a protected class under employment discrimination laws, then that might change the situation. Certainly if one of the exceptions that I mentioned above to the employer's general carte blanche in these situations applies, then you should sit down with a local employment law
attorney to discuss all the details to see if they are interested in pursuing any claim on your behalf. However, if your situation doesn't fall within the exceptions, then no matter how unfair or misguided the actions of the employer were, they wouldn't be unlawful.
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