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i was fired for slander without proof, can i sue

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i was fired for slander without proof, can i sue?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Allen M., Esq. replied 7 years ago.
Did you have a contract of employment that stated that you could only be terminated "for cause?"

Do you suspect that their real motivation was race, religion, gender, age, disability, FMLA use or worker's comp use?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
no, i do not have a contract.
i think the reason for getting rid of me is because i made too much money and they was bringing someone else to replace me...
but right after i was fired, they went ahead and told everyone the reason i was fired...i thought that was suppose to be confidential? i'm embarrassed of something i didn't do...
Expert:  Allen M., Esq. replied 7 years ago.
Unfortunately, making too much money does not place you in a protected class.

If you have no contract then you are an "at will" employee in the state of Penn. and you can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, even incorrect reasons.

With such a low bar, the employer does not need evidence to support their decision to terminate.

Unemployment, however, applies a different standard and will want to see evidence of this basis for termination if the employer is going to attempt to claim disqualification based on misconduct.

Edited by Jagcorps_esq on 12/10/2009 at 10:00 PM EST