Q: I was just told not to return to work on Monday. No reason was given. the boss openly accused me of theft made threats
A work truck was stolen from the plant last week. immediately after my boss began asking me questions about the theft, also saying he has a gun and an excavator and can bury somebody 30 feet deep, while we were alone and looking directly in my eyes. He also stated that the suspect vehicle was seen dropping me off which is false, i have driven myself to work every single day for the 8 months of employment. His numerous comments stating that i am being watched by the company and by the sheriff and threatening attitude has me nervous and fearful of retaliation then my boss told me today to not go back to work on Monday, did not give me a reason, and was told to pick up my check in two weeks
A: You have not asked a question.
If you are wondering if it is legal to terminate you under these circumstance, the answer is yes it is. You are considered to be employed at will unless you have an agreement to the contrary about that status with your employer. As such your employer has the right to terminate you at any time and for any reason or even no reason at all. You can be terminated for something for which the employer has no evidence whatsoever. You can be terminated if the employer merely thinks you were involved.
If you are wondering about what you should do because you are being accused of a crime, the answer is stop posting any information on the internet about this and immediately locate and consult with a criminal defense attorney so that you are prepared to deal with the criminal investigation.
Good luck to you.
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A: IMO you were also subjected to a terrorist threat. This should be reported to the police. You have many issues that could make a viable lawsuit, including non payment of wages at termination, defamation- false accusation of a crime, terrorist threat, hate crime, employment discrimination based on race/national origin being denied EOY bonus. Get an employee's rights attorney.
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