Rolla, MO asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Civil Rights for Missouri

Q: my boss fired me out of retaliation for asserting my rights as a pet owner and the poeple who stole our cat.

being fired had nothing to do with my job and i know missouri can fire you for cause but this i feel was brought on because i went against her and tried to get my cat back home. do i have any grounds to stand on not to mention she has alot of my tools and wont give them back and didnt even give me all my hours when i was fired

1 Lawyer Answer
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: I don’t understand why your boss would fire you for trying to get your stolen cat returned but, even if that were true, there is nothing improper, in an employment-at-will situation, for an employer to fire an employee on account for a cat situation.

The unpaid wages presents a different situation. You are entitled to get paid for hours worked. Missouri has a pretty good unpaid wages statute. If followed, you may be able to recover the unpaid wages plus 60-days’ worth of wages. Have an attorney send a letter so as to trigger the 60-day period.

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