My Employer suspended me to investigate something then a week later they met with me and terminated me for something else and said they'd pay me for the days i was suspended. and issue i was suspended for was resolved and disregarded. A colleague of terminated for the same reason at the same time and was offered her job back a few weeks later. I had questions and i kept emailing the director of HR and he wouldn't respond. Then I emailed the VP of HR and the Director of HR asked to meet. During the meeting he brought the issue I was suspended for and said he'd reopen it. I gave him my statement about the situation. and he totally disregarded it and was very ignorant. He kept saying my statements didn't make since and that I was a dishonest person, and that whatever was done was intently but it was an accident . I was told the issue was closed and disregarded. He seemed very serious and I'm not worried about the issue cause I know I didn't do anything. I'm worried cause i found a new employer but I have to go through the background check and I need unemployment and I don't want him to make things difficult. he said he follow up with me officially. and didn't know if he was serious.
And employer can take action based on an investigation. They can terminate you for accidental mistakes or intentional transgressions.. If the conduct was willful misconduct or, they can also challenge unemployment compensation.
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Yes, an employer can do that. You are an employee at will.
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Yes, as a non-union employee you have no job protection. An employer is completely free to terminate you for a good reason, a bad reason or no reason at all. The only limitation is that they cannot fire you for an illegal reason such as in violation of one of the discrimination laws or federal labor laws. From the facts in your question it does not appear that you have any legal recourse.
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