What if my employer let me go for not being in the office, if I was asked to work from home/telecommute instead of lose me to another employeer closer to home?

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What if my employer let me go for not being in the office, if I was asked to work from home/telecommute instead of lose me to another employeer closer to home?

I was laid off officially. I was not given notice to come back to the office.

Asked on December 7, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you do not have an employment contract--and  most of us do not have employment contracts--you are an employee at will. As an employee at will, you may be terminated at any time, for any reason--including unfair reasons--without warning or notice. Therefore, if you do not have an employment contract, you most likely do not have any recourse, not unless you can show that your termination was due to illegal discrimination (e.g. discrimination against you because of your race, sex, religion, age over 40, or disability).


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