Portland, OR asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Oregon

Q: can I be suspended and possibly fired from my job for doing things that I was not aware of were wrong for me to do?

Today I was suspended and told to be under investigation through my job by the loss prevention manager, for doing things wrong that I was unaware of were wrong. I have only been employed with the company for a little over a month now and I am still learning what can and can't be done. Today I was called into the office to be a part of a "conference" with my general manager and loss prevention manager. They told me of the things I've been doing wrong and how I can do the right thing next time, then they told me to write a statement of the things we went over, so I do so, under the impression that this is just a warning for me, and now that I know how to do things the right way, I won't do them the wrong way, because now I'm aware. After completing and signing the statement, they THEN tell me that I will be suspended and under investigation.. After thinking this whole time that this was just a warning, since I had no idea I was doing things wrong. is it possible for them to do this?

1 Lawyer Answer
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Yes, they can do this, nothing illegal about it. In fact, if they had wanted to, they could have just fired you, as employment is at will. That means that can fire you for just about any reason, or no reason at all.

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