I hope this message finds you well, present circumstances excluded. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of employment law
experience. It is a pleasure to assist you today.
The answer to your question can be complicated by a few factors, but generally speaking, the employer can fire an employee for any reason, or no reason at all.
The complicating factors are typically an employment contract
which has prohibitions against this type of termination
, a union contract which likewise has the same type prohibitions or violation of the employer's own policy and procedure.
Typically, the only protections we see relative to policy or procedure that require notice and an opportunity to be heard are with tenured employees (in the university setting) or in state or federal institutions which require due process hearings and the like.
If none of these factors apply to her, then unfortunately, the school has the ability to do exactly what they did (unless she feels as though they did it in violation of her civil rights against discrimination
If she feels she was discriminated against based on her gender, age (if over 40), race, ethnicity or handicap, then she can file a claim with the EEOC
over the determination to terminate her employment.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Best wishes going forward.