Lincoln, NE asked in Employment Law for Nebraska

Q: My employer is letting me go when he said he would not do this if he didn't have work for me to do can he do this?

I had accepted a position with the company and that I would get paid for not working so they can submit me on a PMO Project as a Senior Business Analyst for child support projects...I was told yesterday by my director that this Friday would be my last day with the company because they don't know when the proposals will be submitted now and they don't have any other work for me to do...I had passed up two other employments with two other companies based on the premise that this would not happen - that I would still be 'paid for not working' until the proposals were submitted and they were awarded to the company. I was also told that there were other projects that they could have me work on but this is not happening now.

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Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
  • Omaha, NE
  • Licensed in Nebraska

A: It depends. If you have an employment contract, you would need to review the terms of the agreement. Otherwise, Nebraska is generally an at-will employment state. You can generally be terminated for any or no reason, so long as not discriminatory. However, under the rights facts, there can be some exceptions to this. For example, if you turned down other employment in reliance on the job offer, you may have a claim for damages under the right facts. You would need to speak with an employment law attorney about the specifics of your case to decide your next best course of action.

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