Back in April I had a minor accident with a company vehicle and reported this to my immediate supervisor as soon as I noticed the damage. He came to me and filed the report, took pictures and that was that. Then on May 23 I was called in to the office by the General Manager and was told my position was being terminated for not filing an incident report as it was a 'major safety violation'. Now I can't get a copy of the report but I did file the report.
Pennsylvania, like most other states, is an "at-will employment" state. Unless you were working under a contract, your former employer can let you go for any reason. This includes even made up justifications (as is apparently the case here). Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. This is an unfortunate side of the law that frustrates many employees.
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I agree with the previous post. You may also consider whether your former employer used the accident as an "excuse" and discharged you for a completely different, possibly illegal, reason. If you suspect you may have been discriminated against, you should seek advice from a local employment attorney.
Secondly, even if the employer had the right to terminate your employment for any reason or no reason, since PA is an "at-will" state, you would still be eligible for unemployment compensation if you can prove that you did report the accident. The employer's position will be that you were terminated for "willful misconduct" by failing to follow company policy and report the accident. Have you applied for unemployment? If not, and you are still unemployed, you should do so. Likely you will lose on the first round, but then you should appeal and be heard in front of a referee. Seek legal counsel for the appeal.
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