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Q: So where do I draw the fine line on what is right and if I was terminated wrongfully for a previously handled issue?
A: If a person has no employment contract
that limits the reasons that he can be terminated, then he is considered an employee at-will. The employment at-will doctrine states that either the employer or the employee may end the employment relationship at any time and for any reason
. Over the years, courts and legislatures have carved out narrow exceptions to the employment at-will doctrine for illegal discrimination and retaliation, but they are exactly that -- Exceptions. If the exceptions don't apply, then the courts will simply view the termination as a lawful business decision, and therefore, such a decision will not be overturned even if it was unfair or can be proven to have been poorly made
. It sounds harsh, but it's that same principle that allows the employee to immediately quit that job if he were to find something better. In other words, the employer is not shackled to the employment relationship any more than the employee is shackled to it. Unfortunately, this means that it doesn't matter whether the slate was wiped clean or not. Your employer could have fired you either way.
Q: I was accused with out the opportunity to view the letter accusing me, can this become slander if I was wrongfully terminated?
A: It sounds like it could be defamation
of character, but the party you would sue is the person who wrote the letter, not your former employer. Although your employer has not provided the information about the person who wrote the letter, you can get that information with a subpoena
. If you would like to pursue a lawsuit, then I suggest that you retain a local attorney who can subpoena the letter from your former employer, and then file a lawsuit.
Does that answer your question? Please let me know if you need clarification, as I am happy to continue helping you until you are satisfied. Also, your positive feedback is much appreciated.
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