I am a professional mental health therapist with a contract with my employer. March 1, 2016 my supervisor and the CEO of the company entered my office with a print out of a web site I am building but not using yet, to start web-based counseling in the US. I am 68 years old and planning for retirement in 3 years. MY employer used the clause in my contract that reads "during term of employment and for the one year period immediately following termination
of employment with DSCHC licensed professional counselor shall not provide integrated and/or traditional counseling services with a fifty mile radius of the town of Ajo,AZ. Behavioral health service which are not provided by DSCHC are not applicable to this non-compete agreement." I can provide you with the contract if you wish. Another clause in the contract states that the professional will have 45 days to correct or explain any breach in the contract.
employer did not ask me about the web-site or give me a chance to explain that it will target individuals outside of Ajo They did not give me a document of why I was terminated, or anything to sign. Also there is a" without cause" clause that says either party can give without cause however I should have received 90 severance pay
if that is the case.
I have been working in a very hostile
environment for about 8 months with inappropriate write ups, which I responded to to make my case with no response to my explanations. My supervisor is miss using her authority to force these issues.
What can I do. I do not want to go back, but I do want to get the 90 day severance pay, and unemployment
. my employer broke several items in the contract. There specific reason for firing me was the web-page for web-based counseling, but did not give me documentation. I have called twice and sent a email for them to send my a document stating the reason for termination was the web-page, they have not returned my calls.
what can I do?