Texas is an employment at will state. Typically, unless an employee has an employment contract, or is employed under a collective bargaining agreement through a union, the employer can modify (including a reduction in compensation which doesn’t violate the current minimum wage laws) or terminate the employment at any time with or without cause. If an employer, at any time, decides they no longer want to employ someone, for any non-discriminatory reason, that employee can legally be terminated. However, an employer generally cannot terminate an employee for prohibited discriminatory reasons (such as racial discrimination), or in retaliation for certain protected actions (such as whistle-blowing). What you describe does not sound like prohibited discrimination or retaliation.
However, if the employer terminated you without cause, you will be eligible for unemployment benefits.
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First, please do not type in all caps. It is considered yelling.
Can they? It appears so. Are you hoping to get your job back? It does not sound like a great place to work.
The main difference this really makes is for any unemployment claim you may need to bring. You will be able to present your side of the story to a hearings examiner.