Was I wrongfully terminated?

I was terminated from my employment without an explanation. I was contacted by my manager and told that I was on administrative leave due. She then explained to me that I would be contacted by the HR Dept snd there will be an investigation. Two weeks later I received a letter in the mail stating that I was terminated without an explanation of why. I was never contacted by personnel. I tried contacting HR to no avail.I received the reason of my termination through the unemployment agency. I was told I was accused of verbal abuse by an co-worker (that was being terminated at the time). I wasn't given the opportunity to confirm or deny the allegations. I've never been had any written or verbal complaints. All evaluations were satifactory +. My question is was that wrongful termination due to the fact that I was never contacted about the situation? Can I sue for defamation or emotional disstress?

1 answer  |  asked Jan 13, 2010 6:07 PM [EST]  |  applies to New Jersey

Answers (1)

Natalia Shishkin
If you do not have an employment contract, you are considered an employee "at will" in NJ, which means that you can quit for any reason and you can be fired for ANY or NO reason. Your employer is not required to explain the reason for your termination. I assume that you are not a union member.

However, if you think that the co-worker, who wrongly accused you of verbal abuse, had a bias against you, or there is other evidence of discrimination or retaliation, this situation may be worth looking into. Feel free to contact our firm, Resnick & Nirenberg, if this is the case.

Good luck,

Natalia Shishkin, Esq.




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I am licensed to practice law in NJ and NY and specialize in emplpyemnt law. My response here is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter in question. To get specific legal advice please contact an attorney within your jurisdiction.

posted by Natalia Shishkin  |  Jan 14, 2010 09:18 AM [EST]

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