What to do if I got fired with no warnings because I was supposed to train on a qualified job for 3 weeks but in reality I was in training for 1 day?

UPDATED: Jan 5, 2013

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What to do if I got fired with no warnings because I was supposed to train on a qualified job for 3 weeks but in reality I was in training for 1 day?

The company didn’t bother training me yet they have workers there who have been training on a qualified job and still don’t know what they are doing. How did I get fired for no reason and why wasn’t I given a chance to learn the qualified job?

Asked on January 5, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa


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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Most employment arrangements are "at will". This means that an employer can set the terms and conditions of employement as it sees fit. Therefore, it can hire or fire someone for any reason at or no reason at all, with or without notice. The only defense here would be is this action violated the terms of a union agreement, employment contract or official company policy.

However, if you think that you have been treated differently due to some form of actionable discrimination you may have a claim. There can be no discrimination in the work place based being a member of a protected class based on such factors as race, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, etc. If you think that discrimination played a role in your discharge, you should contact your state's department of labor for further information.

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