Must an employer fully disclose a company policy to meifI was terminated for having violated it?

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Must an employer fully disclose a company policy to meifI was terminated for having violated it?

I was terminated for breaking a company security policy that does not exist. How can I prove it doesn’t exist if they claim it does, but deny me a copy because it is “company property”?

Asked on March 29, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Did you have an employment contract or agreement? Or were you subject to a union or collective bargaining agreement? If not, you were an employee at will, and an employee at will may be fired at any time, for any reason--even "made up," spurious, unfair, or unsubstantiated reasons. Any employee at will  has effectively no protection, unless he or she was terminated due to illegal employment discrimination (e.g. against a race, sex, religion, age over 40, or disability) or in retaliation for filing a protected claim (e.g. an overtime or wage and hour claim). Otherwise, not only can the employer terminate the employee for any reason, but the employer does not owe the employee any reason or justification, unfortunately.


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