Good evening and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. My name is ***** ***** I will do everything I can to answer your question.
This is a highly unfortunate situation, but I must be honest and tell you that the facts you have described do not give rise to any legal claims. The reason is because employment in all states but Montana (and I'm assuming you don't live there) is "at will
" absent an express agreement to the contrary. At will employment can be terminated for any reason not amounting to discrimination
on the basis of a legally protected trait (race, religion, gender, etc.) or retaliation
for engaging in certain forms of legally protected conduct (filing a wage
claim, taking FMLA
leave, etc.). It doesn't matter whether the basis for termination
is fair, reasonable or even true.
So, as an at will employee, there is nothing illegal about being terminated after a short period of time, based on an unfair assessment of your performance, or due to poor performance that is the result of not being given the tools to succeed. Just as you could quit your job without notice or reason, so too can your employer terminate the employment relationship without notice or reason. It is not necessary for them to have you sign something or to warn you in advance.
The only silver lining here is that you will be eligible for unemployment benefits
. UI benefit eligibility is not governed by the amount of time you have been employed for a given employer but rather what your total wages for all combined employers have been in the past 4 calendar quarters. That, for you, should mean you get benefits at the full rate you would been entitled to if you had been laid off from your job of 16 years.
I hope that you find this information helpful and am genuinely sorry if it is not what you were hoping to hear. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.
If you do not require any further assistance, please be so kind as to provide a positive rating of my service so that I may receive credit for assisting you. Very best wishes moving forward.