Can a person be let go from a job for not being certified?

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Can a person be let go from a job for not being certified?

I was hired at a charter school in 2015
with three associate degrees that we
had to make copies and bring in to
start the process. I started off as a
TA, then i was asked to be a Title One
teacher and last year August i was
asked if i wanted to be a third grade
teacher. Me knowing that they know i
only had associate degrees it was ok to
accept their offer as working as a
third grade teacher. So Feb 6 i was
terminated due to me not being
certified without any warning and no
pay. Is this legal? I need answers.

Asked on February 9, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

As unfair as it seems, yes you can be terminated for not being adequately certifed, even if your employer was or should have been aware of that fact. This is true unless the action is some way consitutes some form of legally actionable discrimination (which it does not appear to) or if it violates the terms of any employment contract/union agreement. Otherwise, your employer is free to set the conditions of your employment much as it sees fit. Bottom line, in an "at will" work relationship, an employee can be discharged for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.

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