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Wow, that's very unprofessional for an employer to do that. Unfortunately, that doesn't make it illegal. Utah, like most every state, is an "at will" employer. That means in the absence on a written contract or union agreement, which may provide more rights, an employee may be terminated at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all. Doesn't matter if you've had great evaluations or are the best employee they ever had -they can still choose to terminate you.It would only be unlawful if the employer terminated you for an illegal reason - such as because of your race, religion, age (over 40) sex, disability or national origin. It's not clear from the facts if that was the case here or not, but based on this information alone, while it was awful what they did, it's not against any labor law.
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