Q: Is this illegal?
This is an agriculture business, one of my employees was demanding a raise or he was quiting and having another employee fired or else he was quiting, which neither happened. At the same time he had his car repossessed and was blaming it on the fact that the company doesn't pay him enough (he is paid over minimum wage).... My company was under the impression he quit due to not receiving a raise, due to the other individual not being terminated and the fact that he lives over an hour away and now has no way to commute to work after missing several days. I have text messages back and forth of him saying he has to quit then flip flopping and acting like he still is employed. I buntly asked him if he quit but then he just continued to send arugmentative texts which I forwarded to my boss. Who submitted the documentation saying the employee quit and advised me the same day. The employee is now saying he is going to sue myself and the company for discrimination/wrongful termination...?
A: Is what illegal? He can quit, of course, or you can fire him under most circumstances. What would his "wrongful termination" claim be; it's not enough for him to complain that he was fired "wrongfully", employment is generally "at will", which means that an employer doesn't need a reason to let an employee go, as long as it isn't some sort of discrimination.
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