What can I do if I was fired for a bogus reason?

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What can I do if I was fired for a bogus reason?

I was working for 2 months in a company (20-25 employees family business). Few days ago I had a small argument with my boss. Nothing serious at all. But they aren’t used to a fact that employee can have his own opinion. So next day they found some very ridiculous reason and let me go. The reason was: I am clocking in too early and by that stealing company’s hours. And it didn’t matter that I am starting to work from the moment I clock-in. We did not sign any contract/agreement when I started to work there. Is there any legal action I can take against them?

Asked on January 9, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, New York


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

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that most employment relationships are what is know as "at will". This means that an employer can set the terms and conditions of employment much as it sees fit or deems necessarry. What this means for you is that you can be fired for the reason they gave you, any reason or no reason at all. This holds true unless you think that your termination constituted some form of actionable discrimination; or your employer's action violated company policy or the terms of a union/employment agreement. Otherwise, your discharge appears to be legal.

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