Based upon what you wrote, there does not seem to be enough evidence to conclude that anything unlawful occurred. If a person has no employment contract
that limits the reasons that he can be terminated, then he is considered an employee at-will. The employment at-will doctrine states that either the employer or the employee may end the employment relationship at any time and for any reason
. Over the years, courts and legislatures have carved out narrow exceptions to the employment at-will doctrine for illegal discrimination
, but they are exactly that -- Exceptions. If the exceptions don't apply, then the courts will simply view the termination
as a lawful business decision, and therefore, such a decision will not be overturned even if it was unfair or can be proven to have been poorly made
. It sounds harsh, but it's that same principle that allows the employee to immediately quit that job if he were to find something better. In other words, the employer is not shackled to the employment relationship any more than the employee is shackled to it.
But, if you were terminated because of age or your medical condition, then you may have indeed have a case against your former employer. Terminating you for either reason would be illegal discrimination. Generally speaking, the first step in dealing with illegal discrimination is to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity
). The EEOC is responsible for investigating illegal discrimination in the workplace. Once the EEOC investigates, it could agree that illegal discrimination took place, and attempt to work out a settlement with the employer. If the EEOC cannot work out a settlement, or if the EEOC does not find that there was illegal discrimination, then a person can request a right to sue letter, which gives her the right to sue her employer for violating the law. The EEOC's website, located HERE
, explains how to file a charge.
So, the real question now is the reason that you were terminated. Unfortunately, I don't know why. However, considering you no longer work there, I don't see any downside to filing the EEOC charge to see where it goes. It certainly can't hurt you, and it could lead to a positive resolution.
Does that answer your question? Please let me know if you need clarification, as I am happy to continue helping you until you are satisfied. Also, your positive feedback is much appreciated.
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