terminated with a lie

I was recently fired and given a reason
(I now have a supporting email that
is my proof) that was a lie. Exactly
a week before this happened, I was
subjected to a formal talking to that I
felt was unfair. After work that day, I
sat down and wrote a long letter to my
boss's boss stating why the dressing down
I received was unfair and asked for his
help to rectify the situation. I stated
many examples with supporting documentation.
I even asked for his help on how to contact
HR. I never received a response.
Do I have any recourse?

1 answer  |  asked Apr 22, 2002 7:23 PM [EST]  |  applies to New York

Answers (1)

David M. Lira
Terminated on a lie

I have a problem answering your question because I don't know enough. If I were speaking with you on the phone, one question I would ask you is, why do you believe you were fired? This question, as well as others, might lead to information suggesting to me that your termination is illegal.

However, all I have to work with is the information you provided. Based on that, I have to say that the employment at will doctrine provides the answer. The employment at will doctrine says you can be fired at any time for any reason, even no reason at all, and even a reason which is knowingly or unknowingly untrue. So, the fact that you were fired for a false reason gives you nothing.

posted by David M. Lira  |  Apr 23, 2002 10:41 AM [EST]

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