I was recently fired for a few violations, one being retaliation. My question is, in order to have retaliation, do you have to have an act, or is making a comment such as "what comes around, goes around" considered retaliation? There were no actions taken on the party that reported, and there was no intention to take any action on the person.

1 answer  |  asked Jan 3, 2003 1:05 PM [EST]  |  applies to Texas

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Margaret A. Harris

I do not understand whether you were terminated in retaliation for something, or because your comment was perceived to be a threat that you would retaliate against someone. In Texas, employers have the right to fire employees for just about any reason whatsoever, even if it is unfair, even if it is wrong. Employers have the right to be stupid and unfair. Employees have very few rights. If you were fired in retaliation for complaining about race discrimination in employment, or discrimination based on other illegal grounds like gender, age, religion, disability, color, or national origin, or if you were fired in retaliation for making a claim under workers' compensation, or because you complained about unsafe working conditions (under OSHA) or working hours (like failure to pay overtime), or because you were trying to improve the work environment for your self and fellow employees (like a union organizer would do), or because you served in the reserves or National Guard, or because you served on a jury, it may be that the employer broke the law. If any of those situations apply, please make an appointment for a consultation with an employment lawyer. Your rights may have been violated. Good luck.

posted by Margaret A. Harris  |  Jan 3, 2003 1:49 PM [EST]

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