I was working for this company going on ten years and one day I was called upstairs and was told that my employment has been terminated when I asked way I was told because my ways of management from the 70 and 80 was not the way they was going and that I wouldn't fit in with the new management ... No termination letter was given only my final check ... Has been a year now.
Unless you have an employment contract that states to the contrary, you are considered an "at will" employee and can be fired for "no reason" or "good reason", but not based on race, religion, gender, age, etc. If you are terminated because of your race, gender, age, religion, sexual identity, disability, etc., then you should report it as such to the Human Resource Director at your place of employment. If that does not resolve the situation, consult with your State Employment Agency or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
More information is needed and you should immediately search AVVO and consult with an experienced Employment and Labor attorney in your area. There is no substitute for an in person consultation with an experienced attorney in your area. They will know the lay of the land in your area.
Civil Law Courts sometimes have “self-help” departments staffed by paralegals to assist the general public with the selection, completion and filing of employment related motions. These individuals are knowledgeable in employment issues. They may or may not give you legal advice specific to your case, but they will give you practical advice on how best to proceed, what forms to file, and anticipated time frames involved. You may want to contact your local Law School and see if they have a Community Legal Aid Clinic, staffed by Law Students but supervised by licensed attorneys. You may also want to consult with your Union Representative or your local Legal Aid Office. But for best results search AVVO and talk to a Labor or Employment attorney in your area.
If possible you should consult in person with a qualified AVVO Employment and Labor Attorney, or your legal aid office. This is not legal advice. You need to speak to an attorney who is licensed in your state for legal advice. This is merely suggestions for you to think about in discussing your situation with the local Employment and Labor attorney.
Unless you had an express agreement to the contrary with your employer, you were considered an at will employee. As such, your employer can terminate you at any time and for any reason or even for no reason at all as long as it was not for an unlawful reason. Terminating you for a disagreement with your management style is perfectly legal.
Your employer had no duty to provide you with a termination letter.
The statute of limitations for a claim of wrongful termination is two years from the date of the termination. If you have a claim for termination based on age or some other protected class membership, you have one year from the act about which you wish to complain to file an administrative complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing or you lose rights to sue under the Fair Employment and Housing Act for discrimination.
One note: given your ten years of employment with the same company, it would be prudent for you to consult with an employment law attorney to explore the possibility that your at will arrangement was transformed into an implied contract not to terminate except for good cause. The statute of limitations on that would be two years from the date of the termination.
Good luck to you.
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