Do I have the right to sue my former employer for letting me go because of an untrue allegation made by a co-worker?

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Do I have the right to sue my former employer for letting me go because of an untrue allegation made by a co-worker?

A lady at work accused me of touching. The company investigated the matter and there was no evidence of this. Also, I asked if I could see what this lady wrote about me and I was not allowed to see what I was accused of. So HR called me in this morning and fired me for what they said was a hostile environment. The woman is a black lady and I am Hispanic; the work place is predominately of color. I reported for work everyday and did my job.

Asked on August 18, 2011 Kentucky

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that if you were an "at will" employee your employer could fire you for any reason or no reason at all; with or without notice. Exceptions to this would be if there wasa stated company policy to the contrary or there was a union/employment agreement that prohibited such action. Also, it would be illegal if this situation is due to some form of actionable discrimination. Based of the facts that you have presented you may or may not have a discrimination claim. Your situation bears further review. 

At this point you should consult with an employment law attorney. Once you have gone over the details of your situation they can advise as the whether or not you have a case.


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