Ah, thank you. I see that you also listed it prior in the question. My apologies.
On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and this is one of these times.
An employer generally has the right to terminate an employee FOR ANY REASON.
The only reasons one cannot be fired for are:
-PUBLIC POLICY (discrimination based on race, religion, creed, etc; or, a retaliatory termination due to a claim made by an employee); or
-CONTRACT POLICY (if one has a contract that disallows such a termination)
-COVENANT OF GOOD FAITH (firing an employee to avoid paying a benefit, for example)
Otherwise, an employer can terminate for any reason, without notice. It can be based on a mistaken rumor, or, just the fact that they do not like your shoes one day. You will hear "right to work" a lot. However, that does not mean what people think it means. All this means is that at time of being employed, the employee has a choice whether or not to join a union as a condition of employment.
So, my question is should I take legal action for being terminated in this manner?
Not really. The fact that the standards used by the employer to make the determination to terminate do not fall in line with the position does not matter -see above.
Do I have a real chance at winning this case?
Likely not, unless one can show that the real reason was discrimination based on race, religion, creed, etc - we will get to that in a moment.
IS it actually legal to evaluate people using criteria that doesn't really apply to the role and responsibilities of that employee?
As explained above, unfortunately, it is.
I did want to add that the company I worked for was a law firm and I am a minority. In fact of the few minorities in the company and in this type of role.
Here is where one may have a case. IF one believes that the real reason for being fired was due to discrimination based on a minority status (female, race, religion, etc), then one indeed would have a case. If you believe that this is what happened, then please REPLY and let me know and we can discuss this. Otherwise, I am afraid my answer stands as is.
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