Asked in Employment Law for North Carolina

Q: Is it legal to terminate someone without providing a reason? Employee was never counseled positive or negative?

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N'kia (NLN)
N'kia (NLN)
  • Cary, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: North Carolina is an "at-will" state. This means that, generally, either an employer or an employee can terminate an employment relationship at any time and for any reason (so long as the reason does not violate the agreement between the parties and is not otherwise unlawful). It also means that an employer is not necessarily required to give an employee a reason for termination.

Of course, there is always a reason. But the reason may or may not be related to an employee's performance. Additionally, giving a reason that is related to an employee's performance can negatively affect the employee's eligibility for unemployment benefits and future employment opportunities.

With that being said, anyone who believes an employer or former employer has violated their rights should consider a legal consultation. A knowledgeable attorney should be able to evaluate the employee's' rights and provide guidance on next steps.

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