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Under NY law, employment is considered to be at will
, which means that the employer can terminate him for no reason at all or for any reason not solely based on your son's age/race/sex/disability.
Unfortunately, anything on the employer's property or premises can be searched and there is no expectation of privacy
on the employer's premises. They cannot steal his personal property, that is still considered theft, but they can search an employee's desk or locker or bags even without the employee's consent.
They can fire him for any reason as I said above, but if he proves that the reason they have fired him was based on something the employer caused to occur, then this would mean they would not have good cause to terminate him and as such he would be eligible for unemployment benefits
If the employer was not providing proper meal breaks as required then this is something to pursue as he is through the labor
board in addition to pursuing his unemployment benefits.
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