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  • Wrongful termination? Louisiana

    I was terminated on 9/27 due to irregularities in some payouts our store had made. However, there is no evidence provided that says I made any payouts (an employee code is used to input the payouts, but mine never appeared on any figures). I also had no previous knowledge of the payouts in question. Instead, I believe I was fired because I am a friend of the person who made those payouts, as there was never a formal inquiry or investigation into the situation. In my 2 1/2 years, I never received any warning or had a complaint, but I was immediately fired due to this situation. Thanks for any help, guys.

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    While I sympathize with your situation, it is not "wrongful termination" in the legal sense. With the information you have posted your former employer has done nothing wrong.

    Here is a definition of "wrongful termination": http://definitions.uslegal.com/w/wrongful-termination/

    Both you and your employer are operating under the concept of "employment at will," which means that either one of you can terminate the relationship for any reason, or no reason at all, with the exception of one of the reasons listed in the link above.

    Your employer is not a court of law and does not need to prove anything in order to take action.

    Your best recourse is to apply for UI and tell them the truth when you apply, and look for another job.

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    • #3
      Even if that is true (that you were fired because you were the friend of the person who did the payouts) that is not a wrongful termination. A wrongful termination does not mean that you were fired for something you did not do; it means you were fired for a reason prohibited by law.
      The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At-will

        http://employeeissues.com/wrongful_termination.htm
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