Salisbury, NC asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Libel & Slander for North Carolina

Q: I was wanting to know if an employer can treat you badly and if something goes wrong blame you and not let you know.

The situation I am referring to is I was a temp through the resource and I worked with Jockey, A pallet I had partials on was put with other pallets that should have never been moved and my supervisor came to me told me to check my count and case tags. She went on vacation and it went down hill from there, Pandora came to me and was very rude and she was face to face with me and when I tried to explain to her what my supervisor told me she stormed away and the Jockey employees and several temps knew what was going on but no one told me. This was on the 10th and when I checked my emails the resource told me my assignment was terminated, I called to find out why they would not tell me and they said i did not know. I heard rumors around the plant they said I stole mens underware. I was let go with know reason and they did not come to me and talk to me about anything they and I was treated like dirt. I put up with 3 months of bullying and harrassment at my age (55) I really liked this job.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Concord, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: This is an employment-at-will state which means you can be fired (or treated poorly) for any reason and there is no liability for the employer unless there is an unlawful motive for the action taken against you. There are generally only two forms of unlawful motives: unlawful discrimination or unlawful retaliation. Discrimination in employment is unlawful if it is due to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability or age 40 or older. Retaliation in employment is unlawful only if you engaged in one of a handful of "legally protected" activities and were fired for engaging in that activity. If either of these was the motive for the termination, then you may have a claim for unlawful termination. If not, there here is no claim because law prohibiting unfair treatment or bullying or harassment unless it is based on one of the seven factors above.

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