Q: Co worker called and asked to do something that would have violated our ethics policy. I said yes. Can I be fired?
I was off the clock. Co worker called me at home. Asked about breaking the ethics rule. I told him if there was nothing else he could do then go ahead. Can I be fired with him if it comes to that? I did not commit the violation but I basically gave the green light.
A: Can you be fired? Maybe. Insufficient information to make a determination since not possible to tell what kind of rule you are talking about, or that you advocated co worker to break. Does not matter if you are on or off the clock if you are advocating breaking the ethics rules. Ethics do not punch a time clock.
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A: In California you are considered to be an at will employee unless you have an agreement to the contrary about that status with your employer. The employer of an at will employee can terminate that employee for any reason or even no reason at all. That means that knowingly counseling the violation of the ethics rule, or participating in that infraction can most certainly lead to your lawful termination. Even just knowing another violated the ethics rule and not telling the employer can get you lawfully terminated.
Good luck to you.
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