Ifa manager and I were involved in a missing money incident, it it legal to fire only me?

UPDATED: Dec 11, 2011

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Ifa manager and I were involved in a missing money incident, it it legal to fire only me?

I was fired today over money that another higher up and I counted 2 months ago. I am of a different race than the manager and owners. I was also not in my 90 day probationary period when I was fired. I was terminated for the quoted reason that “he took the bag to the bank”. If another person and I had 50/50 cooperation in counting the money, how am I at fault for the disappearance of the money? The bank says that there was no tampering on the bag and it was sealed on camera while the manager and I were present? Is this not complete discrimination?

Asked on December 11, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

1) If you do not have an employment contract, you are an employee at will and may be fired at any time, for any reason--even an unfair or incorrect one. (If you do have an employment contract, its terms may be enforced if they help you.)

2) The law does not require an employer to fire anyone or everyone involved in a alleged criminal incident or other workplace violation--the employer may decide who to fire.

3) However, discrimination against a person (so, for example, choosing who to fire) on the basis of race is illegal. If you believe your firing may have been racially motivated, you may have a legal claim or cause of action, and should consult with an employment attorney.

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