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What are my rights regarding termination?

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What are my rights regarding termination?

I worked as the front of house/bar manager for a small fine dining restaurant. My father (the chef) and my brother (a server) worked with me as well. Outside of work, my brother and I had personal problems which resulted in a police report being filed and my brother moving with my father. Since then, I have been bullied by my brother and father at work. They made it really hard for me to maintain a professional attitude when they clearly were not. Yesterday my father said “I’m going to get your fired”. Later that day I was fired without reason or any write ups. Can I legally request paperwork showing my bad performance leading up to my termination? What if they refuse?

Asked on November 18, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I'm afraid that you have probably no legal recourse here regarding your termination (nor any rights to review paperwork, etc).  The reason being that most employment arrangements "at will"; meaning that you can choose to work for an employer or not and an employer can hire or fire you for any reason, no reason, or even a poor reason.  While seemingly unfair it's the law.  Exceptions would be if this action was not allowed by virtue of an employment/union contract or official company policy statement.  Also, discrimination must not have played a role in your termination.  Absent any of these circumstance your firing was lawful.


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