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When terminated from a food service job, as the employee what

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When terminated from a food service job, as the employee what is my rights, She said I had received several customer complaints, however, I was never told about the complaints or written up so didn't have a chance to better the situation. My concern is getting another job how will this affect my chances and how much information can the manager give prespective employers? I want to work in food service but am really worried about this, I feel I was not treated fairly. Was told being 18 I was on a 90 day probationary period and could be let go without any notice. Thank you
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  Joseph replied 5 years ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer.

Unfortunately, as an at-will employee (if you aren't in a union or have a contract with your employer) you can be terminated at any time for any reason (even a bad one) with or without prior notice.

If your manager states false and damaging information about to potential employers you could sue the manager for defamation.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Another question, These reasons were never documented and she will not tell me when they were made, can she give a bad reference without proof and what would my options be then.
Expert:  Joseph replied 5 years ago.
If she were to give a bad reference based on false information then you could sue her for making defamatory statements about you.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I want to know if she has to have proof before she can give me a bad reference, I understand about the defamatory statements, I was never told and to my knowledge nothing was put in my file about any misconduct. I was never written up
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Does the manager have to have documentation to give a negative reference. she does not
Expert:  Joseph replied 5 years ago.
No, unfortunately, she wouldn't need to have proof tomake a bad reference. Even if you weren't written up, she could still give you a negative reference.
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