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By Paul - / Thursday 2 May 2013 01:52 / United States
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That all depends on whether OP lives in an "at-will" or a "right-to-work" state. If it's an at-will state, then there isn't much he can do, since employment can be terminated at any time, with or without notice or reason.

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Even if OP lives in an at-will state, if he was employed under contract or part of a union he still has a right to sue for wrongful termination.

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That's not necessarily true. Even if an employee has a contract, that contract can be terminated without reason in an at-will state. Most at-will companies will actually have a statute in the contract stating the company has the right to terminate at-will. Contracts at at-will companies tend to focus more on pay-scale. (You are contracted to make x amount of money per year if you meet y criteria and are eligible for a bonus or raise for meeting z criteria). Also, if there is a union, then the company is no longer at-will. The state might be, but unions function differently and the company looses the at-will status. If there is a union, then the boss would not have been able to fire the employee without following specific steps, meaning there is a long process and there is no "calling into an office to fire." The employee who is at risk in a union is made aware that their performance does not meet the standards and the company is usually required to go through an improvement plan - or loads and loads of paper work and time - before they can be terminated

I still don't understand how some of these things on here are ever allowed to happen? I know the US has different labor laws, but this can't be possible, can it?

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