What are my rights if I was let go but never told?

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What are my rights if I was let go but never told?

I worked as a dancer and employed as such for 3 years. and being paid $3.75 per hour. I was informed I needed 3 write-ups to be terminated. Since the the county was trying to shut the business down at one point, I was informed that I had to wait until the county allowed me to return to work. The club stayed open as a bar at that point with no dancers. Once the dancer were allowed to return, I was informed that I could return once the lawyers finished up paperwork. I was in contact the with supervisor, who informed me that I may have to audition again. He then told me a few days later that my employment with them no longer existed. I never received a termination notice nor did I receive 3 write-ups. I tried to contact them again and was told to wait for paperwork. After 3 weeks, I once again tried to contact management but with no response. It’s now been 1 month. A few weeks later I was informed that I was let back because of rumors other dancers had spread about me. Can they terminate me over rumors? I was told by security as a dancer I have now rights in this matter.

Asked on July 21, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

First of all, the 3 right-up policy is just that policy, not law. Therefore as such it is merely a guideline and, as a general rule, not binding on an employer. As for not being given notice of your temination, in an "at will" work relationship, a business can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionvle discrimination). Accordingly, unless the circumstances of your lay off violated the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, you have no claim.

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