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Can a employer fire you based on what another employee said

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Can a employer fire you based on what another employee said that was a rumor that you are being accused of starting?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  TexLaw replied 8 years ago.
Hi Customer. Thank you for asking your question on JustAnswer. The other Experts and I are working on your answer. By the way, it would help us to know:

-What city and state do you live in?

-What country do you live in?

-What actions you already tried?

-What is your position

Zachary D. Norris

Thank you again for trusting us with your problem. Please reply as soon as possible so that we can finish answering your question.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I live in Hartford Connecticut. I'm a security guard for Secure America. I just found out this afternoon that I no longer have a job. I didn't get into an argument or did something wrong on the job. I talked with my Site Manager and then his boss and was told not to contact the client. All I did was ask a question in regard to what was happening regarding where I worked. Did they sell the property? That's how it all got sarted. I asked an employee of the Hartford Insurace Group. She went and told her managers that I was spreading rumors that the property was sold. I told my boss I had asked the question but it was stated as a question not a statement of fact. Now today he calls and tell me the Site at which I work no longer wants me on the premsises. I have a secretarial background so if I were to apply for a job with this company my name would be blacked because of what someone said that was an untruth. What can I do?
Expert:  TexLaw replied 8 years ago.
Dear Customer,

Thank you for submitting your important legal issue to Just Answer. I am pleased to have the opportunity to provide you with an honest and easy to understand answer to your question.

I am an attorney licensed in the State of Texas. The following information is a brief answer to your question. However, if you feel that you need further information or that you have other insights which might help me in providing a better answer, please feel free to write back.

In Connecticut, an employee is what is termed an "at will" employee unless there is an employment contract. Unfortunately, this means that the company can fire you for any reason it sees fit (except for civil rights protection offered by state and federal law) or for no reason whatsoever. You have the right to sue the person who spread the false rumor about you for defamation. However, this is likely to be a very hard case to win. I would send letters to your company requesting a reconsideration and reinstatement of your position, and explain that you were not spreading rumors, and that you are good employee and want your job back.

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