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So my employee rights allow me to have a copy of the employee

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So my employee rights allow me to have a copy of the employee handbook
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  LawTalk replied 8 years ago.
Good morning,

I'm not quite sure exactly what you are asking? As a general rule, yes, employee handbooks are made available to employees. After you leave the company however, you have no further right to an employee handbook from that company. If there are not enough handbooks so that one can be distributed to all employees, them employer may make a copy available for you to review at work, but it does not become yours to keep during your employment.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I read the employee handbook 18 months ago, was let go without any right ups warnings, never even signed a form about being let go. Im not clear if I was an at will employee, how can I retrieve that info
Expert:  LawTalk replied 8 years ago.
Good morning,

Unless you had a written employment contract with the company guaranteeing you a position, you were an employee-at-will.

Under the law, at-will employees may be terminated for any reason—at any time, even a mistaken reason, they can have their hours or pay decreased and they can suffer a cut in their benefits, so long as it's not illegal or unlawfully discriminatory. Generally, employees who work under an employment contract can only be terminated for reasons specified in the contract. In your state, an employment relationship is at-will unless there is a defined duration for the employment contract or if the contract permits termination by the employer only under specified circumstances.

Unlawful discrimination would include an employer discriminating based upon a person’s Ethnicity, Color, Religion, National Origin, Gender or Disability.

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