Can I be fired firedwithout noticefor something that wasn’t my fault?

UPDATED: Jun 1, 2011

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Can I be fired firedwithout noticefor something that wasn’t my fault?

I had been working at a company for just about 4 weeks. I always on time, never missed a day, picked up extra shifts and anything that was needed. I was hired as a driver to go store-to-store. I helped out on a run that was not the department that I usually work in. I was told by the guys in the department that they do not set up furniture unless the customer pays extra. While at the house the customer asked if they charged to set up and I told him what I was told. He asked about how much and I said, “I’m not sure, I think between $100-$150”. He said he could do it himself for that. We finished the stop and everything was fine. I went into work the next day andwas on the clock for an hour. My boss asked me what happend at the stop and I told him what was said. He replied that, “The owner wants you fired”. No reason, no explanation. I was just sent home. He said he was going to fight for my job but when I called this morning I was told he was not hiring me back. Do I have a case?

Asked on June 1, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky


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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

No, you don't have an actionable claim here. Legally an employee has no right to notice or even being given a reason for their termination.  The fact is that most employment relationships are what is known as "at will", and KY is no exception.  This means that an employee can work for an employer, or not, their choice.  In turn, an employer can hire or fire and employee for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.  Exceptions to this would be: 1) if there is a union agreement which requiring such documentation; 2) if there is an employee contract, handbook or other policy that provides for this; or 3) if discrimination is a factor (there can be no termination for reasons of race, religion, age, disability, sex, national origin). 

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