Mira Loma, CA asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California

Q: I was wrongfully terminated from Amazon due to an argument with another employee, not during my shift outside of work

Was I wrongfully terminated, the other employee already had 3 cases of sexual harassment and another case for flipping a female off & calling her a b**ch & 2 other female employees still employed by amazon with similar case but the 2 female employee's got into an argument & in each others face inside the building while still working, in the 9 months I worked their I have not had any write ups or anything, my mangers & supervisors were questioned and all vouched for me, being my 1st offense I was still terminated yet Amazon did not terminate the other 2 female employee's which I personally know & closed the case, and another male employee that has 5 sexual harassment cases & another case for calling a female a b**ch is still employed their which I personally know the female that was involved as well, could this be a case of discrimination.

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

A: I am sorry you have been terminated. Unfortunately, unless there is more to your story, there does not appear to be any unlawful conduct by your employer.

You are considered to be employed on an at will basis unless you have an agreement to the contrary about that status with your employer. The employer of an at will employee has the right to terminate the employment at any time and for any reason or even for no reason at all. And an employer has no legal duty to treat all employees the same. Unless you can prove the difference in treatment is because you are a member of a protected class of people, or because you engaged in some form of legally protected conduct, the employer can treat you differently as you have noted.

It is none of your business what the employer does to other employees. Comparing your alleged wrongdoing to other acts of wrongdoing will get you nowhere, unless, as I said, you can prove the illegal motive.

Good luck to you.

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