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Can you get fired for no reason?
Career / 2:34 PM - Monday March 23, 2009

Can you get fired for no reason?

I need advice from people that REALLY know their stuff;)...Manager has been at the job for 1 month and 4-5 people have been fired, I think Im next! Is it legal for them to do that...its not like we're over staffed because she keeps hiring new pleople...please we need advice on what to do as employees...THANKS!!:)

Update: March 23, 2009.
Thanks 2 ALL that responded so far...a little more info-I actually spoke to her today and told her that if she had anything to be unhappy with me for that I would like to be "warned". When she first started working there, she started by lying to 2 her boss about us(actually she hadn't even started working yet), we knew she was trouble since seems like she just wants new staff, the ones that will bow down and will be scared of her:-/...what goes around come around and its not going to look good when members start complaining about her and her attitudes and her records show the ppl she fired were wrongly fired...thanks ya'll I will look at the laws here:)

- Asked by crazyfor2, A Married Girl, Female, 29-35, Who Cares?

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If you live in a 'right to work' state in the Good Old U. S of A. -- you have no rights. Your employment can be terminated 'at will'. Which means they don't need a reason. Just tell you not to bother showing up any longer. You have no recourse.

- Response by utahmom, A Thinker, Female, 56-65, Managerial

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Are they weeding out the riff raff?

- Response by goodanswer, A Life of the Party, Male, 36-45

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It depends on where you live, what type of job you have, whether you are a memeber of a union, and whether thereis an employment contract.

- Response by boggob, A Guy Critical, Male, 29-35, Political / Government

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If you have no union, most of corporate America is an open door policy. That means dont let the door hit you in the azz on the way out.

- Response by seasons4, A Sportif, Female, 46-55, Financial / Banking

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Yes, depending on State law, in most states its perfectly legal to fire people for no reason. What is illegal is firing them for a reason prohibited by law, generally discriminatory reasons. But for no reason? Nothing illegal about that...

- Response by xerxes, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 46-55, Washington, DC, Lawyer

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If you live in the US, labor laws vary from state to state. So what is true in *my* state, may not be true for yours.

But in my state, it is legal to fire someone for "good cause" (fire them for stealing, inability to do their job, insubordination, etc) or for "no cause" (fire them just because!) but it is NOT legal to fire them for "bad cause" (e.g. fire them for refusing to do something illegal.)

So, in my state, yes, it is perfectly legal for your idiot manager to fire people for nearly any dumb reason and then replace them with relatives or with people who will do that job for less money.

- Response by justpassingthru, A Thinker, Female, 56-65, Financial / Banking

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Look up at will.
Pretty at will company CAN fire you for no reason!

- Response by divatoonami, A Trendsetter, Female, 36-45, Administrative

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Yes, a manager can fire someone for no reason at all in most places. There are a few reasons that are illegal, like firing someone because they are black, but if its just random and has no reason then its legal. Some new manager want to fire everyone who was there and replace them with new people he/she hired. It's legal to fire people because they were there under a past manager. Most companies don't do it because it costs money to hire and train new people.

- Response by greenwind, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 56-65, Construction

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They do need grounds for firing someone...BUT in this economy they are likely just layoffs...and in that case they have to pay you severence, and the only real reason they need for laying you off is that your job has become redundant, or they cannot afford to keep you.

- Response by A Creative, Male, 29-35

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Manager knows how to make it legal. Did you read your office IT policies? Is it legal to visit this website from work? Or check your personal emails from work? You broke the rules.

- Response by 53maleprison, A Career Man, Male, 36-45, Technical

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