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i was terminated because a position in the company was no longer

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i was terminated because a position in the company was no longer needed so because that employee had seniority over me they gave her my job. I was not offered another job where i had seniority over that employee. Can they do this?
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Did you have an employment contract stating that you had to be offered employment over others if you had seniority?

Did that contract state that you could only be terminated for cause?

Do you have any evidence suggesting that the real reason you were terminated is your race, religion, gender, age, disability or FMLA use?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

i have no contract. i started out as a temp and when the job i was doing was posted i applied for it but they gave it to a woman who was already an employee and i was told that it was because they hire from within the company first. the same woman was told her position was no longer needed so they offered her my position and told me it was because she had seniority over me. i was not offered another position even though i had seniority over other employees. She had no experience doing my job. the other employee i have seniority over i do have experience in his job

I don't know if you say my other question.

Do you have any evidence that the actual basis for your termination was your race, religion, gender, age, disability or FMLA use?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

i don't have any evidence even though i suspect it could be where when i was a temp they had to terminate my boss for sexually harassing me and they just kept me on for long enough that i wouldn't be able to use that

How long ago did the sexual harassment take place?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

april 2012

Ok. So that is well beyond any sort of statute of limitations to claim discrimination on that basis.

The issue here is that you have no contract. You have no legal guarantee to your job. That makes you an "at will" employee. You can legally be terminated at any time, with or without cause. The reason doesn't have to be fair or make sense. They don't have to grant everyone the same rights, in terms of seniority over others. They just have to not terminate you based on race, religion, gender, age, disability or FMLA use. Those are the only ways a termination can be wrongful when there is no contract of employment.

I understand your argument here, about them seemingly considering seniority in one case but not another, but that is only an argument if you can say that they are doing so specifically based on your race, religion, gender, age, disability or FMLA use.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for your help

I wish I could have been of more help, but the law ties my hands here.

Take care.
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