Is it lawful to be fired for not working carefully?

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Is it lawful to be fired for not working carefully?

My sister got fired today. According my sister, someone has reported her for bumping/hitting his/her while working there. She asked whom this person is or when it occurred, but HR would not tell my sister anything. I believe that she did not even knew about it. My sister stated she got bumped/hit by someone numerous times; she’s never complained about it. I’ve not yet read through her employment workbook but I am really bothering by it. I was wondering if it’s lawful for an employer to fire an employee without fair warning or to fire for such reason?

Asked on March 15, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Kansas

Answers:

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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I'm afraid that she more than likley has no claime for wrongful termination.  The reason is that most employment relationships are what is known as "at will".  This basically means that an employee can choose to work for an employer or not, and an employer can hire or fire an employee for any reason (even a bad one) or for no reason at all - with or without notice.  While this may seem unfair, it is the law.  The exceptions to this would be if this action was not allowed by the terms of an employment contract, union agreement, or company policy (check the company handbook). 


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