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Wrongful termination

I was told I would not be fired for using my cell phone to punch in and out. Employer said that is only a tool for certain employees but it is not a written policy nor has it ever been made verbal. Then, 4 days later, I was terminated for it and they referred to it as fraud. Is this accurate? Can they do this?

Asked on August 19, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Vermont

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless your termination violated the a provision of a written employment contract or union agreement, it was legal. The fact is that most employment relationships are "at will". This means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, a worker can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless your termination violated the a provision of a written employment contract or union agreement, it was legal. The fact is that most employment relationships are "at will". This means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, a worker can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.


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