Harrisburg, PA asked in Employment Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Can an organization release a current employee because they want to hire the previous one instead?

The previous employee did not want to work for the organization leaving it quickly with no one to take over. I was hired as bookkeeper to fill the position four months ago and to keep bills paid. Now the previous employee wants to return, so I was released. Is that legal?

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Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall
  • Norristown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Yes, unless you had some written employment contract which promises you employment for a particular length of time. My guess is that there is no such contract, and so your employer can terminate you "at will."

You would, however, be eligible for unemployment compensation, and you can apply for that online through the Department of Labor and Industry. If you haven't already, I suggest you do so today.

Best of luck to you.

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