Can I be terminated for working at the same place as my husband?

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Can I be terminated for working at the same place as my husband?

My husband and I have worked at the same company for years. I have been promoted twice since. He is not my direct subordinate. The company just implemented a condition in the handbook, this year, regarding relatives working together. Are either of us at risk for termination?

Asked on January 13, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have an employment contract which guarantees or protects your employment, you are an employee at will. An employee at will may be fired at any time, for any reason. So without an employment contract, if a company doesn't want to employee two spouses, it would be free to fire one (or both) of them--companies have almost free reign to make their staffing, hiring, and firing decisions and policies, subject only to a few limitatios, like no illegal discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age over 40, disability, etc.


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