CanI legally ask my employer to provide a reason for firing me?

UPDATED: Nov 21, 2011

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CanI legally ask my employer to provide a reason for firing me?

I’ve had the problem before where I got fired without apparent reason. I filed unemployment and I was denied because the company I worked for reported to the unemployment department that Ihad stolen money (which was a complete lie) so my benefits were denied. For this job, can I legally ask my employer to provide me a written statement of why I was fired?

Asked on November 21, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You can "ask," but your employer is not obligated to do so unless you actually bring a legal action and then use legal process (e.g. interrogatories, subpoenas) to obtain that information; other than in a legal proceeding, an employer is not required to provide this information.

If youy are being denied unemployment benefits for what you believe are unfair reasons, you may wish to consider a legal action. You should consult with an attorney with experience in unemployment cases to  discuss your options.

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