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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
An employee cannot resign without personally stating that they're doing so. However, because employment is at will, a supervisor can terminate an employee at any time for any reason - or for no reason at all. The end result isn't any different than if the supervisor had asked management to fire the employee. The only difference is that your son's record will show a resignation instead of a termination, which could help if future employers call to ask for a reference.
The only exception would be if someone had a contract that only allowed termination for cause, because then they could sue for unfair termination.
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They don't need grounds for terminating him. Legally, an employer can fire an employee for any reason.
He can complain to management or HR. But there's no legal right to get his job back. A supervisor is allowed to fire an employee who is looking for another job.
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