What can I do about a manager lying to me about why they let me go?

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What can I do about a manager lying to me about why they let me go?

Last week another employee and I were informed that we were being let go due to a limited budget. She advised us that they will not be hiring anytime soon because they have no extra money. She said the employee manager could only pay her and the other employee who had been there for a long time. This manager advised me that she will be going back to doing my job and her job from now on. However, I found out that I have been replaced and they kept the girl who was present when they told she and I that we would be let go.

Asked on June 26, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, an employer is not obligated to give you any explanation for why you were let go; or to tell the truth about it if it does choose to explain (i.e. they can lie); and is not prevented from replacing someone who'd allegedly been fired due to a lack of funds. A company is also allowed to change its mind and keep some, but not other, employees, even it had told them all that they'd be let go. Unless you had an employment contract which was violated, or believe you were fired due to illegal discrimination (the main types are against your race, your sex, your religion, because you are 40 or more years old, or because you are disabled), you would not seem to have any legal recourse.


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