Can Employers Terminate You Based on a False Accusation?
As an at-will employment state, Texas employers can fire you based on a false accusation - unless the employer uses the false accusation to cover up an illegal reason. The law basically allows employers to fire workers for any reason, as long as the firing was not due to retaliation for reporting misconduct or discrimination of your race, age, disability, gender, religion, or other protected class.
It does not matter that there was no investigation or that there was no real evidence against you. Your employer can still fire you and have the legal right to do so. Although it may feel unethical or unjust to be fired for a false accusation, the law does not provide protection against this.
Man Sues Employer for Wrongful Termination After Being Falsely Accused
Texas residents may be interested in one out-of-state man's employment law case. Reports stated that the man had worked for a nonprofit organization and was under contract for three years. His contract was to end next year, but he was recently fired from the organization. As a result of this occurrence, he is pursuing a wrongful termination case.
The man claims that his dismissal was based on false accusations made by a board member and that the accusations were made for personal reasons. The "unsubstantiated tales" apparently relate to the man participating in negative behavior. However, the man states that he had never received any type of indication that there was a problem with his job performance.
Though the man's contract does give stipulations under which he could be fired, he does not believe that he committed any of the acts that warrant such action. Those acts include theft, dishonesty, violence or charges of committing a felony offense. The type of compensation the man hopes to gain with the lawsuit was not specified. He was unable to provide further comment on his case after being contacted for the report.
Do You Suspect Wrongful Termination?
Losing a job under any circumstances can cause considerable hardships. When a person believes the firing was unjust, the blow can be even more devastating. If, like this man, Texas residents believe that they were wrongly dismissed from their employment positions, they may wish to find out more information on wrongful termination claims. Experienced attorneys could provide reliable advice on taking such action for parties interested in consulting with them.
If you believe your termination was illegal, contact our attorneys to discuss your case.
Source: aspentimes.com, "John Thew sues Aspen Film over "wrongful termination"", Erica Robbie, May 19, 2017