Can I sue my employer if they try to fire me for misuse of a website and not fire other employees for misuse of the same website?

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Can I sue my employer if they try to fire me for misuse of a website and not fire other employees for misuse of the same website?

Asked on November 29, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, this is not a case of wrongful termination. The fact is that employees do not have to be treated equally or even fairly; it is perfectly legal to give one employee more favorable treatment than another as long as the treatment does not violate an employment contract/union agreement or comapany policy. Further, such differing treatment must not be the result of actionable discrimination (e.g.if you were given less favorable treatment due to your status in a legally protected class, that would be against the law).

Note: A protected class is one based on a person's inclusion in a group due to factors of race, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, etc.

Bottom line, as an at-will employee, you can be fired for this reason, any reason or even no reason at all.


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