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Massachusetts is a employment at will state. The employment-at-will doctrine relies on the proposition that employers and employees can decide to terminate the work relationship at will and at any time. Either party can enter or end a working relationship at any time, for any reason including a mistaken reason e.g. fraudulent billing.
Wrongful termination occurs when an Employer does something wrong. Employers are bound to abide anti-discrimination laws that protect employees from mistreatment based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other characteristics. There are also other public policy exceptions for example an employer asking an employee to violate the law. In other words the employer does not need a valid reason to terminate an employee just one that is not illegal.
What is appears is that the employer is trying to find "cause" for the termination. With cause unemployment benefits are unavailable. To protect these benefits you should document as much about the situation as you can including the actions of the employer. You should keep a record of contacts so if necessary they can be questioned. This will help you when and if the employer challenges the payment of unemployment benefits.
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Thanks for the quick reply. Can my husband request his personnel file and any documentation used against him, or do we have to have an attorney make the request?
Your husband can request the file, but I have in my experience never seen someone successfully get it. That is why you need to get as much information on your own while you can. Ultimately an attorney can subpoena the file if necessary. Nothing worries an employer more than a well organized and well prepared disgruntled employee.
The employer is building a case, you should also.