Q: Can I be fired for recovering from major surgery in Tennessee without a write up?
I had surgery on December 15th with the approval of my employer and while out healing I was called on January 28th and told I was let go because of my absenteeism. I have never received a ride up or a verbal warning prior to this surgery nor after this surgery about my attendance.
A: Tennessee is an at-will employment state, meaning that one can be fired at any time for almost any reason (subject to certain exceptions). Depending on the size of your employer and other relevant factors, you may have a cause of action for wrongful termination. But without knowing who you work for and the more specific facts of your issue, one can't say for sure. You would be wise to consult with a local employment attorney to determine what options you may have.
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