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Being fired in an at will state

Frederick, MD |

My wife got fired today because I (her husband) sent an email to corperate letting them know that there was a video on you tube that showed two employees popping a pimple in the kitchen of the restaurant while one of the owner operators of the chain watched and laughed. I only sent it to corperate out of good will because I was concerned that the video (that of coarse is no longer on you tube) could get them into trouble. SHe was fired and told that she was a discrace to the restaurant. However the manager and two employees stil have there jobs. I do know and understand that Maryland is an at wil state, and employees can be fired at any time, but how can someone bringing a true and valid complaint be legit?

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  1. An employee at will can be fired for no cause at all. Without a union or an employment contract you have to recourse.

    Discrimination based on gender, age, race, religious beliefs etc.. may give rise to a different answer.

    Good luck to you.

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  2. I beleive Mr. Brinkmeier to be correct.

    Without a contract or a form a discrimination, from the fact pattern presented it does not appear that you have much, if any, recourse.

    Nevertheless, I would suggest an in-person consultation with an attorney who primarily practices in employer/employee relations.

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