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Thank you for your patience. I'm sorry to hear about your job.Washington State, like most every state, is an "at will" employment state. That means that unless an employee has an employment contract or a union agreement, which may give them more rights, an employer may terminate an employee at any time, for any reason, with or without cause. Therefore, even though you had a nearly spotless employment record, and this incident sounds very minor, it makes no difference -legally, the employer is within their rights to terminate you.The law only makes it unlawful for an employer to terminate you for an illegal reason, such as discrimination based on your race, religion, age, sex, disability or national origin or a violation of public policy (such as terminating you for serving jury duty). It doesn't sound like from these facts that this was the case.I realize this isn't what you want to hear, and I'm sorry to news couldn't be more positive. However, it would be unfair to you to provide you less than the truth.Please remember to kindly leave a positive rating for me by clicking on the stars, as that is the only way experts are paid for their time even though you may have already paid a deposit to the site. Follow-up questions asked in this thread do not cost anything additional after leaving a positive rating.If you need clarification about my answer or additional information, please use the SEND or REPLY button to continue our conversation. 5 star service is my goal, so if I have provided less than that, please tell me how I may help!
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