Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
Unfortunately, at will employment means the employer can hire or fire an employee for no reason at all or for any reason that is not based only on your age/race/sex/disability/national origin. So, if the employer fires you for no reason at all or for a reason that is not only one of those reasons I just mentioned, your only recourse is filing for unemployment.
Under AZ law the employer needs to pay PTO on termination only if they have a policy to do so. If they do have a policy and paid it out in the past, then you are entitled to the payment and if they refuse, then you can file a wage claim with the AZ Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division.
You need to file for unemployment and if they deny your benefits claiming you were terminated for good cause then you file an appeal and you provide proof that the good cause is not valid and you would get unemployment benefits. However, remember they could still terminate you for no reason at all, so all you get is unemployment benefits.
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