Hello again and thank you for your reply, although I don't see any facts about the text message but instead someone talking to you in the store, where I assume you work. In any event, Maryland, like most states, is what is known as an employment "at will
" state. That means that an employer can terminate an employee for any, or no, reason and with no notice or warning unless
the termination would violate an employment contract
, company policy or an employment discrimination
law. So, that is why I asked about a union and company policy. If there was no company policy that gave you a right to a certain number of warnings prior to termination, then your employer could let you go even if the reason was unfair and misguided unless you have evidence to show you were let go because of your gender, race, age (over 40), national origin, disability, pregnancy or AIDS/hiv status.
If you do believe you were targeted because of an illegal discriminatory intent, then you can file a discrimination complaint with the EEOC
. Otherwise, even if unfair, your employer has the right to let employees go for no reason at all. However, you should still, if you need to, file for unemployment benefits
, since that law is completely different and your employer would have to prove that you intentionally violated a direction or workplace rule in order to be denied UI benefits.
Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.