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I was terminated because I masturbated on the job

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I was terminated because I masturbated on the job
Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Legal
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Lawyer: RobertJDFL, Attorney replied 8 months ago
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Lawyer: RobertJDFL, Attorney replied 8 months ago

Good evening,

Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, the answer is yes. In the absence of an employment contract or union agreement (which may give an employee more rights) you are considered to be "at will." This means that while you can simply quit without notice, an employer may also terminate you at any time, with or without cause, so long as it isn't done for an unlawful reason.

For example, if your employer is subject to federal and state laws prohibiting job discrimination (as all but the smallest employers are), you cannot be fired because of certain characteristics, such as your race, religion, or gender. Similarly, you cannot be fired because you have complained about illegal activity, about discrimination or harassment, or about health and safety violations in the workplace. And you cannot be fired for exercising a variety of legal rights, including the right to take family and medical leave, to take leave to serve in the military, or to take time off work to vote or serve on a jury.

There may be more facts I am unaware of, but given these limited facts, I would unfortunately have to tell you that your termination does appear lawful.

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Lawyer: RobertJDFL, Attorney replied 8 months ago

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