Family drama in 2017; sister and I worked for same employer; I never was in bad standing with my employer or ever written up for anything negative, always did what was asked of me and more. Have evidence that my sister drafted up an email for my boss to fire me and received that same "draft" this week from my boss letting me know I was no longer employed due to multiple infractions with the company.
Texas is an at will state which means that, unless you have an employment contract or are covered by a collective bargaining agreement, your employer may fire you for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all. There are exceptions. For example, you may not be subjected to an adverse employment action because of race, gender, color, national origin, of disability. Your questions indicates that your were fired for a bad reason, but not one that is unlawful.
Hello and thanks for your inquiry. I am not licensed in TX and you are not my client. I can offer a general response to say that Texas, like almost every state, is an at will employer. This means an employer may terminate the employee, with or without cause, at any time, for any reason or no reason whatsoever....so long as the termination is not based on an unlawful purpose, such as discrimination. Limited exceptions may apply to at will status, so you may wish to consider reaching out for a consult with an attorney licensed in TX. He/she can review the facts specific to your situation and provide a thorough opinion. You can use the "Find a Lawyer" link on AVVO's home to page to find someone near you. Best wishes to you.
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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 or terminate the employment at any time with or without cause for any non-discriminatory reason. However, an employer generally cannot alter or terminate employment for prohibited discriminatory reasons (such as racial discrimination), or in retaliation for certain protected actions (such as whistle-blowing). The description of the situation which you have provided does not include the elements of prohibited discrimination. Additionally, employers are not required to treat all employees the same, so long as the disparate treatment is not part of prohibited discrimination or retaliation (as described above).
Remember, it's not illegal to be a jerk, or a bad boss, or demanding, or inefficient. An employer may not discriminate against employees for prohibited reasons (race, gender, national origin, etc.). There is no law, however, which requires an employer to be nice, or respectful, reasonable, or smart, or efficient.
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