As a licensed professional, can a employer discharge on suspicion only?

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As a licensed professional, can a employer discharge on suspicion only?

I’m a LPN (licensed practical nurse) currently licensed in VT (previously licensed in IL). My IL license was suspended due to a false positive on a drug test taken before I moved. I was discharged from a employer in VT only because my license had been suspended in IL and they “assumed” my VT license would alsobe suspended, even though there has been no action against my VT license.

Asked on October 22, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Vermont

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I'm afraid that you have no legal recourse here for wrongful termination - licensed or not.  The reason is that most employment arrangements are "at will", and VT is no exception.  Basically, you can choose to work for an employer or not and an employer can hire or fire you for any reason or no reason.  While seemingly unfair it's the law. The exceptions to this would be if this action was not allowed by an employment contract, union agreement, or official company policy statement.  Also, discrimination must not have played a role in your termination.  Absent any of these circumstance your firing was lawful.


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