breaking "policies and procedures" when there isn't any in place, can i be released from my job?

I live in texas, if I was released from my work, for "not following policies and procedures" but there isn't any policies and procedures in place, or signed documentation for the actions they released me for, should I have been released?

2 answers  |  asked Nov 14, 2015 07:04 AM [EST]  |  applies to Texas

Answers (2)

Adam Kielich
Assuming what you have described is the totality of relevant facts, your employer was free to create rules on the spot and discipline you for violating them, even retroactively. This is the problem with the at-will relationship. Of course, if terminated for a concocted rule you probably have a good claim for unemployment benefits through the TWC. Learn more at

posted by Adam Kielich  |  Oct 26, 2016 08:55 AM [EST]
Dana LeJune
In an "employment at will" state (TX), you can be fired for any reason, or no reason at all.

The only thing the employer cannot do is DISCRIMINATE (by term or "adverse job action) on the basis of race, religion, national origin (foreign born), gender, a handicap or age (over 40).

If you have evidence that your term was for one or more of those reasons, you may have something.

This is why unions are so necessary; they force the employer to have P/P so you know what you (allegedly) did wrong...

posted by Dana LeJune  |  Nov 14, 2015 08:15 AM [EST]

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