What to do if I was let go from my job under the premises that I had taken part in a criminal act done by another employee who was let go?

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What to do if I was let go from my job under the premises that I had taken part in a criminal act done by another employee who was let go?

I was told that my handwriting was used on a document. After seeing said document i told them that it was not my writing nor had i ever seen the document. One of the statements made during the meeting when i was terminated was “due to your association with….” which leads me to believe i was let go because of guilty by association with no real reason nor proper investigation.

Asked on November 28, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Alabama

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

While unfortunate, your employer's action was legal. The fact is that an employee can be terminated for this reason, any reason or even no reason at all. The fact is that in an "at will" employment arrangement, an employer has a great deal of discretion in setting the terms and conditions of the workplace; this includes how, when and why an employee is discharged.

Of course, this all assumes that you were not a victim of actionable discrimination or that the terms of company policy or a union contract/employment agreement were not violated due to the circumstances surrounding your firing.


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