Hello there --
Unless you are a member of a labor
union or service workers union which would give you some degree of protection from being terminated for invalid reasons, then you are what is legally called an "employee at will
". What that means is that your employer has the right to terminate you for any reason or for no reason at all (they legally do not even have to give you a reason for the termination
). However, if you have put in 7 months at this point, you are entitled to unemployment
compensation benefits if you are terminated from your employment for a reason that was not your fault. What this means is that while the company has the right to terminate you for this if they choose to do so, they will still have to pay unemployment benefits
once you apply because what you did was not insubordinate in any way -- it was just a matter of looking out for the health of people who were eating food being served by your company (you were trying to prevent illness). In order to collect the unemployment compensation benefits, you cannot let them talk you into "resigning" for your own good (a lot of companies will try to trick employees and get them to sign a resignation letter by telling the employee that it will look better in an employment record if they quit the job than if they were terminated -- and if you then give them a voluntary resignation letter, you will be cutting off your own access to unemployment benefits because to collect unemployment benefits, you generally cannot quit a job (you must be terminated)).
I am sorry to hear that you are being treated in this manner because of genuine concern you have over the health of persons visiting your company, but if they choose to terminate you then unless you can show that they were discriminating against you due to your race, gender, age (over 40), disability, religion or sexual orientation, then you have no legal recourse against the company except to file for and collect unemployment benefits so long as you do not sign a letter of resignation.
Please let me know if you have more questions. While I realize this is not the news you wanted to hear, it is better that I tell you the truth of the matter so you know which direction to take this in if you must make that choice. I ask that you please press a positive rating before leaving the website so I will be paid for my time. I am paid nothing unless you press a positive rating below. THANK YOU VERY MUCH