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Can I Sue the company i used to work cuz it cuz my divorce.

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Can I Sue the company i used to work cuz it cuz my divorce

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See me and my wife work for same big store the lost prevention found out the life still we had told everyone in the store we both called hr nobody did nothing then i start geting introble for everything so i quit it

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I'm very sorry to hear about your situation. It's unlikely that any lawsuit would be successful. The first thing that you need to know is that Texas is an "at will" employment state. At-will employment means that without a contract, you have no contractual or other right to employment with the company. The company is entitled to fire you for any reason: a good reason, a poor reason, or no reason at all--as long as the company does not fire you for an illegal reason (race, gender, age, religion, etc...). But it extends beyond firing, to hiring, promotions, demotions, wage cuts and raises, disciplinary actions, and even scheduling. Unless you can show that this was done in violation of a contract, union agreement, or a clear violation of an unambiguous and binding clause against the employer, or that it was done because of some minority status (age, race, gender, religion, disability) that you have, then they do have this discretion.

There's actually no case for "causing a divorce". The closest type of case is called "alienation of affection" lawsuits, when an "outsider" interferes in a marriage. The suits are allowed in seven states: Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota and Utah. Texas does not recognize that cause of action. The closest one that Texas recognizes is "Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress"(IIED) . According to the case of Hoffmann--La Roche Inc. v. Zeltwanger, 144 S.W.3d 438, 447 (Tex. 2004). The elements of the IIED case are: 1) the defendant acted intentionally or recklessly; 2) the defendant's conduct was extreme and outrageous; 3) the conduct caused the plaintiff emotional distress; and 4) the emotional distress was severe.

Note that in an IIED case the damage is not what happened to your marriage, but rather the physical manifestation of emotional stress that the actions of the employer caused you. So if you had to go to a doctor, psychiatrist, etc... and you can trace that back to the actions of the employer, with an expert that will testify to that, AND that the actions were objectively "extreme and outrageous" (such that every jury that would hear that matter would say "that's outrageous" and vote against the employer) then you might have a case under that. But otherwise, it's unlikely that you'd have a case at all.

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