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It is quite unfortunate, but an employer is not required by law to be truthful about the reason why they are letting employees go. This is so because employment is by default "at will" in Missouri, and as such can be terminated 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 termination is fair, reasonable or even whether there is a reason at all. Since employers don't need a good reason or a true reason to terminate the employment relationship, no law requires employers to state their honest reason.
Therefore, the only remedy in this circumstance is to file for unemployment benefits once you are let go. Beyond this, there is no protection from a boss that falsely states their business is closing as the reason for why they are terminating the employment.
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