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The general rule is that employment in the state of Mississippi is "at will" absent an express agreement to the contrary. At will employment can be terminated, suspended or modified for any reason not amounting to discrimination on the basis of a legally protected trait (race, religion, gender, etc.) or retaliation for engaging in certain forms of legally protected conduct (filing a wage claim, taking FMLA leave, etc.). It doesn't matter whether the basis for the adverse action is fair, reasonable or even TRUE.
Thus, there is nothing inherently illegal about laying off or suspending an employee on the basis of an allegation of misconduct, even if that misconduct never actually occurred. Unfortunately, all you can do in these situations is attempt to persuade your employer that termination is unwarranted. You can also apply for unemployment benefits to help you out financially while you look for new work. I am truly sorry that there are not better options or more legal protection, but of course all I can do is explain the law as it applies to your situation. I trust you will appreciate my efforts to be honest and candid with you.
Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.
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