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UPDATED: Aug 11, 2019

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Legal name

My name on my ss card has two last names maiden
and married no hyphenated. My name on all other
documents including my drivers license shows just
my husbands last name. I have been employed with
my employer for 8 years with only my husbands last
name marching my license. Can this be an issue
and could I be fired for this?

Asked on August 11, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

It it a real issue? No. Clearly the card correctly identifies you and it is your card: there is no fraud, identity theft, etc. going on. The law only deals with real issues, not discrepancies that do not change or affect anything.
Could you be fired for it? Yes, but only in the sense that unless you have a written employment contract protecting or guarantying your job, you are an "employee at will" and could be terminated at any time, for any reason whatsoever, including simply that your boss felt like firing you. Employees at will (no written contracts) have no protection for their jobs. So your boss could decide to fire you for this, as he or she could decide to fire you because you said the wrong thing about "Game of Thrones" one day, or bought a car from a car company he or she hates, or gave a bad "Yelp" review to his or her favorite restaurant, etc.

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