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Guess What – You’re Fired!

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ime

on Employment L

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ong> One of the most common c

lls I

eceive in my office e c

lls involving employment situ

tions. On eekly b

sis I’ll get

c

ll f

om someone

ho

s fi

ed

eg

ding thei

situ

tion. The c

ll invi

bly ends

ith the question, ong>“C

n they fi

e me fo

th

t?” ong>

bout nine times out of ten, the

ns

e

is ong>“yes.” ong> Tex

s is essenti

lly

n ong>“employment

t

ill”<

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ong><

code> st

te. B

sic

lly this me

ns th

t, unless you h

ve

n employment contct, you c

n be fi

ed o

you c

n quit

t

ny time, fony

e

son, o

fo

no

e

son

t

ll. S

y the boss doesn’t like you

shoes? She c

n fi

e you. S

y you don’t like the tie the boss is

eing? You c

n quit.

s

ith eve

ything else in the l, ho

eve

, the

e

e

lys exceptions. Fo

inst

nce, the Tex

s Sup

eme Cou

t h

s

uled th

t you c

nnot be fi

ed foefusing to pe

fo

m

n illeg

l

ct. If you

efuse to dump th

t fifty-five g

llon b

el of toxic

ste into L

ke Con

oe, you

job is still secu

e!

lso, you c

nnot be fi

ed fo

disc

imin

tion b

sed on youge. Fedel l m

kes it illeg

l to disc

imin

te

g

inst

nyone on the b

sis of

ge if they

e ove

39.

nd yes, in c

se you e

onde

ing, it is

bit dep

essing to

e

lize th

t this l

pplies to me no

!

He

e’s

n inte

esting question: ong>C

n you be fi

ed fo

efusing to t

ke

d

ug test? <

st

ong>He

e’s

ve

y l

ye

like

ns

e

: P

ob

bly.

emembe

, p

iv

te employe

s c

n fi

e you fony

e

son o

fo

no

e

son

t

ll. If you

employe

c

n fi

e you bec

use they don’t like you

shoes, they

ill likely h

ve the

ight to fi

e you fo

you

efus

l to t

ke

d

ug test. The

e e some exceptions to this

ule, but they tend to involve public employe

s. ong>(But honestly, do

e

e

lly nt intoxic

ted m

il c

ie

s nde

ing ou

st

eets?) ong> Ok

y, fo

get the d

ug test. C

n you be fi

ed fo

efusing to t

ke

lie detecto

test? This is

ctu

lly one of those exceptions I mentioned elie

. Fede

l l

ctu

lly p

ohibits

n employe

f

om

sking

n employee o

p

ospective employee to t

ke

lie detecto

test. It is

lso illeg

l to

efuse to hi

e o

to fi

e someone foefusing to t

ke the test. The

e e some exceptions to this

ule th

t involve

n employe

’s ongoing investig

tion

egding economic loss o

theft. ong>But hey,

h

t fun

ould the l

be if the

e

e

en’t exceptions to the exceptions?<

st

ong>

h

t do

e do

hen ls

ppe

to cont

dict one

nothe

? I

ecently h

d

c

ll f

om someone

ho

s fi

ed fo

simply st

ting thei

opinion

bout

m

ttet

o

k. They c

lled me, ve

y upset,

nd felt th

t thei

constitution

l

ight to f

ee speech s viol

ted. I ended up giving them

good ne

s / b

d ne

s

ns

e

. The good ne

s is th

t you do h

ve

constitution

lly p

otected

ight to f

ee speech. The U.S. Gove

nment c

nnot

est

ict youight to exp

ess you

self. The b

d ne

s is th

t you

employe

c

n fi

e you fo

exp

essing you

self

t

o

k. The Fi

st

mendment to the Constitution p

otects you f

om the gove

nment’s

ttempt to

est

ict

h

t you s

y, but it does not

ffect you

employe

’s

ight to fi

e you fo

s

ying it. Besides, the guy o

de

ing his pizz

f

om you p

ob

bly isn’t

ll th

t inte

ested in you

opinion on the I

q

ny

y!

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