Can I get fired because I worked another job?

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Can I get fired because I worked another job?

I had told my original job 4 weeks in advance that I was going to be leaving for 2 weeks for a job position at a fair that I was working. In my time of being at the fair, I was offered another spot in the next fair because of how good of a worker I was. So I had called my original job and told them what was going on and I had asked them for some more time off and they said it was fine. So I had gotten back from this fair and I gave them a call to let them know that I was back and they told me that they don’t know when I will be able to get hours because they hired five new people in place for my position, and that they would give me a call back when more hours pop up. I have yet to receive a call or message, and came to the assumption that I have been fired. Can they do this?

Asked on December 15, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts


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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

A business can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit. In fact. an employee can be terminated (have hours reduced) for any reason or no the reason at all, with or without notice. This is known as "at will" employment. Exceptions to this would be if there was an employment contract or union agreement that prohibted a company from terminating an employee under certain circumstances and/or some form of legally actionable discrimination is the reason for an employee's treatment. 

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