Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
This is attorney Bill looking into your labor dispute today. Generally Utah allows employers a great deal of discretion to dismiss employees. However, strict prohibitions are in place from a federal level in relation to discriminatory dismissal based on one of the discrimination grounds and an employer must keep faithful to the contract of employment.
Did you have a signed contract and what were notice terms in the contract or what was agreed verbally ?
DO you feel you were discriminated against because of gender, age, race or citizenship ?
Do you have a copy of your work contract ?
Employee handbooks or oral statements and other conduct may imply a contract. This was determined in the case of wood v Utah farms.
Similarly a termination that violates public policy may be actionable. You could also make a complaint to the Utah labor Commission.
You should request a reason for your termination from your employer to see if that reason is actionable.
Similarly, you should see if there are any grounds for an implied contract. If it can be implied that you would be given more notice than a day, you could sue for breach of contract in the civil court.
Please follow up if you need more information.
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