Murfreesboro, TN asked in Employment Law for Tennessee

Q: I was fired for asking my employer about my pay and the next day, he emailed me a termination letter. What can I do?

I asked my employer about my pay and the next day, I received a termination letter stating “due to lack of experience “ as the reasoning. I’ve NEVER been written up or received any verbal warning about “lack of experience” although employer knew before hiring me, that I didn’t have the experience to recruit in the gov’t field but have been a recruiter for 7+ years with with no problems. I contacted the EEOC and had interviewed with EEOC and the representative stated that it wasn’t against the law to fire me because I asked about my pay. Is this true?

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Tennessee is a terminable at will State. Unless there is an employment contract, administrative law proceeding governing a government job, or some kind of employee handbook violation, the employer has total discretion in Tennessee.

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