Can I be terminated without cause or notice?

UPDATED: Aug 22, 2011

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Can I be terminated without cause or notice?

I was hired at subway as a manager; the store was inside of a gas station. The gas station side had a manager who managed her side; we both worked for the same company. Several other managers within the company at other stores had warned me about the gas station manager. That she has some kind of control over the directors, and that if she doesn’t like someone, she will have them terminated. I had only been working for the company for 2 months and almost aced my inspection. Yet for no reason I got terminated without as much as an explanation.

Asked on August 22, 2011 Pennsylvania


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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I'm afraid that you probably have no legal claim here for wrongful termination.  The is that majority of employment arrangements in most states are "at will".  This means that an employee can choose work for an employer or not.  In turn, an employer can hire or fire an employee for any reason or no reason, with or without notice. 

Exceptions to the above would be:

  • if there is a union agreement or employment contract that prohibits such action;
  • if there exists a company policy that does not allow for this; or
  • if discrimination is a factor. 

So unless one of these exceptions apply, your discharge violated no laws, etc. It was perfectly permissable.

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