Q: Can you legally get fired in NYS for flipping someone off. That person being a friend/coworker.
I work at Amazon and drive a Yard horse. Smart drive saw me flip someone off and emailed the boss.
New York State is not a right to work state, it is an employment at will state.
Your employer can terminate your employment at any time for any reason,
so long as it is not discriminatory, in violation of Title VII.
If you are a member of a labor union, perhaps your union can file a grievance
on your behalf alleging you were not terminated for cause. Otherwise, it seems
that misconduct is a good enough reason to terminate your employment, even
though your employer does not need a reason to terminate your employment, so long
as it is not because you are in a protected class.
*This is not intended to be legal advice, it is only a legal opinion. If you are interested in pursuing
this further, please contact an employment attorney.
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