Do I have a claim if I was terminated through email without reason and after my job was threatened?

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Do I have a claim if I was terminated through email without reason and after my job was threatened?

I was fired by my employer over 2 emails that have conflicting reasons for termination and none of which apply to me. Prior to this, 2 other employees with higher rankings spoke to me in a rude manner and after standing up for myself by telling them their message was not well-received, one of them called me and asked me to continue working for her. When I stood my ground, she ended the conversation with threatening my job. She said it was really a shame that I decided to not continue to work for her. She stated that she was close friends with someone on the board and that it was a shame I didn’t want to work with her. I reported that threat to the board member she mentioned, who told me that no other employee’s opinion would have any bearing on my employment. A day or so later I was terminated.

Asked on February 13, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, your termination was legal. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of the workplace  much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination); a worker is free to accept this or not. This is called "at will" employment. Accordngly, you could have been terminated (by mail or otherwise) for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, your termination was legal. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of the workplace  much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination); a worker is free to accept this or not. This is called "at will" employment. Accordngly, you could have been terminated (by mail or otherwise) for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.


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