Can you get fired with no notice and no reason or write-ups?

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Can you get fired with no notice and no reason or write-ups?

Went to work after working there for 10 years. Was called in the office and was let go for no reason. I had no warnings or write-ups. I could not text and was harassed for it. My reading ability was not very good.

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


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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Did you have protection against this action under the terms of any applicable union agreement or employment contract? Did your treatment constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination (which it does not appear to have)? If not, then as an "at will" employee, your company broke no laws in your firing. The fact is that a business can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. In fact, a worker can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. Bottom line, while your treatment was possibly unprofessional, it was legal.

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