Gettysburg, PA asked in Employment Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Was I wrongfully terminated?

I was fired a few months ago for making a post on Facebook complaining about my salary. Specifically, I included a pic from a hiring sign at my local Target and said that "after 2 college degrees and 3 years at my company" I was making the same hourly rate as a brand new employee at Target.

I don't know how, but my employer saw it and fired me the next day. They waited until I had left for the day then called my cell phone 20 minutes later and said they didn't like the post and I was fired. I pleaded with them to change their mind, but told me that I had a bad attitude (they gave me no specific examples and had never spoken to me about having a bad attitude, prior to being terminated.) I told them I would take the post down right away and pleaded to let me come in and talk face to face, but they said that there was no changing their mind.

Since PA is an at-will state I assumed that they could do whatever they wanted. But a friend said what they did was illegal? Was it?

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Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
Answered

A: Since Pennsylvania is an at-will employment state, you or your employer can terminate the employment relationship for any reason or no reason at all, as long as the reason is not discriminatory (i.e. based on your race, sex, religion, disability, or age if you're over 40). While your situation seems unfair, your employer's actions are not unlawful.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
Answered
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: I agree with Ms. Herbert unless there is an employee handbook which says otherwise, and with a business that large their could be. However you have a right to collect unemployment as it's not "willful misconduct" for you to exercise your free speech rights.

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