If my husband was arrested, could my employer legally demote me from supervisor or fire me from my job?

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If my husband was arrested, could my employer legally demote me from supervisor or fire me from my job?

My boss came to me and said that people were talking and this could be bad for the company.

Asked on November 21, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Louisiana

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

In an "at will" employment relationship, an employee can be demoted (or terminated) for this reason, any reason or no reason at all. The fact is that an employer has a great deal of discretion in setting the terms and conditions of employment. For their part, an employee can choose to work (or to continue to work) for an employer or not.

So unless this demotion violates company policy or the terms of an employment contract/union agreement, no law has been broken. Also, this action must not be the result of actionable discrimination (which it does not appear to be).


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