What to do if I walked into work Friday but they said they did not need me and that I was fired due to texting?

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What to do if I walked into work Friday but they said they did not need me and that I was fired due to texting?

She handed be a letter. It contained 2 checks and a letter saying I was terminated immediately because of texting. Now everyone texts at work, including the bosses that fired me. Literally everyone texts yet I was the one fired. The point is that I am the only man working with all women. Is there anything that can be done?

Asked on December 16, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

In an at will employment relationship, an employee can be fired for this reseaon, any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. So unless your discharge violated company policy or was prohibted by the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, no law was broken here.

Bottom line, an employer can set the terms and conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit; this includes who to terminate and why. The fact is that not all employees need to be treated equally or even fairly. That is as long as there is no legally actionable discrimination involved (and based on the facts presented this does not appear to be the case).


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