Can i get fired over an argument?

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Can i get fired over an argument?

I work at a fast food restaurant and recently ran into an issue. A customer tipped me 10 and my co-worker got upset because I didn’t split the tip. The reason I didn’t share my tip was because I’m a second shift employee and my co-worker that day was a first shift employee. Also the co-worker didn’t take or make the customers order. I was yelled at in front of a customer and cursed at. Now my manger is firing me because I didn’t share the tip money with him and his wife. Can I file any lawsuits?

Asked on January 12, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Most employment is "at will" which means that a worker can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. This is true unless the action constituted some form of legally actionable discrimination or it violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement (neither of which you indicated to be the case). Otherwise, your company was free to set the conditions of employment much as it saw fit.

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