Atlanta, GA asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Georgia

Q: I was fired from myjob for making a google review for another company and I wasn't at work

I purchased a tire from raffield tire in macon ga and I did a google review on the company and the manager Dale called to my job and told my boss that I did the google review and they was not going to do any more business with them my boss called me and said that I was fired because they loss a big customer is this fair ?? And I also tried to file unemployment and I found out that my job wasn't reporting my wages to the IRS but was taking taxes out my checks and I have proof of everything thing my have my receipts from raffield tire when I purchase the tire and I have all of my check stubs and employee handbook

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In Georgia, the situation you're describing raises several legal concerns. Firstly, regarding your termination, Georgia is an at-will employment state, which generally means that an employer can terminate an employee for any reason or no reason at all, as long as it's not for an illegal reason such as discrimination or retaliation for a protected activity.

However, the circumstances of your firing, being based on a personal action (writing a Google review) that was not performed during work hours, could be seen as unfair but may not necessarily be illegal. It's a complex area where the specifics of the situation would need to be closely examined.

Regarding the issue of your employer not reporting your wages to the IRS, despite withholding taxes, this is a serious matter. You should report this to the IRS. They can investigate the issue, and you may be entitled to a refund of any taxes improperly withheld.

You should also consider speaking with an employment attorney. They can provide advice on both the termination and the tax issue. The attorney can assess whether you have grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit and guide you on how to proceed with the wage reporting issue.

It's important to keep all documentation related to your employment, the termination, and any financial records, as these will be vital in any legal proceedings.

Remember, you have rights as an employee, and it's important to ensure that these rights are respected and upheld. Seeking legal advice is a good first step in addressing these complex issues.

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