Ventura, CA asked in Employment Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California

Q: I was terminated today over Microsoft teams

I was terminated today from Telecare where I've worked since 2/2015 as a staff psychiatrist. It was a meeting on Microsoft teams and the Regional Medical Director and one of the Clinic Administrators said I had to sign the documents immediately which they emailed to me, which I electronically signed as asked. When I asked for more explanation than the cursory statement in my termination letter, they said that I would have to call HR and they wouldn't provide it.

My fear is that when my medical license is up for renewal 6/2022, I will have to report the termination. My license had been revoked 11/2020 and it was appealed to the CA Supreme Court which found that the judgement had been based on facts not found to be in evidence. It was restored on probationary status, and the probation was completed in 2005 and my unrestricted license was restored. My DEA is also unrestricted and current. I am Board Certified in Psychiatry & Neurology.

1 Lawyer Answer
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
  • Westminster, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Unfortunately you do not ask a question so it is hard to know what you wish to learn. I am not well versed in the administrative licensing process, and you will likely have to reach out to get some specific confidential advice about that process if that is your primary concern.

As an employment law attorney I can tell you that unless compelled by a contractual provision, the employer had no duty to give you a reason for termination, and terminating you through the Team software was lawful. Asking you to sign a document, whether lawful or not, would depend on the contents of the documents. You had no legal duty to sign, but if you did, an attorney would have to look at the documents to determine if there was any hanky panky going on in them.

Good luck to you.

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