can i be fired for giving attitude?

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can i be fired for giving attitude?

my boss asks me the same questions everyday about my time clock. i punch in using
an app on my phone and sometimes the gps doesnt sync up. he said to ‘use our work
tablet’. i told him that ‘i dont have access to it until after my punch in time,
and in doing so would cost me money’, and that ‘we’ve been over this before.’ My
boss proceeds to tell me to ‘stop giving him attitude or else im fired.’ i
stopped. still getting fired though. is this a legal termination. im a residental
window and door installer for a small company, veteran owned company. our boss
disrespects us constantly and almost on a daily basis. is this legal

Asked on January 24, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Minnesota


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

In an "at will" employment relationship, a worker can be fired for any reason or no reason at all. That is unless doing so constitutes some form of legally actionable discrimination. Also, it must not violate th terms of a union agreement/collective bargaining agreement or employment contract. Otherwise, a company can set the condtions of the workplace much as it sees fit.

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