Fired after 2 weeks on the job?

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Old May 23rd, 2009, 03:23 PM   #1
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I was just fired from a new employer for reasons that makes no sense to me, they really didn't give me any reason, I just wasn't working out "we have enough experience with people here and we know that you won't work out". I had been unemployed for 8 months and finally found something in my field. To be able to accept this position, we had to purchase a second car for me to commute. We could barely afford the first one while I was unemployed. At the same time I was being offered this position, I turned down another that was being offered because I was better suited for this one. I was hired with one other and was being trained along with him. He was in his early 20's and I'm in my late 30's. I could tell I had more experience than him and did not want to over shadow him, or compete against him, so I kept pace with him in the learning process and tried to encourage him as best I could. When being fired I was told that the young man was so much more energetic than I and was learning new things every day, etc. The difference between us was I wasn't running to the bosses office every day telling him what I had learned, etc.

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Do they have this right? Hire me with a verbal long term commitment (during the interview process they made it clear they were looking for someone long term), give me one week to get my affairs in order (so I notified all other potential employers that I was no longer available) and then fire me 2 weeks later, without any real cause. Is there anything I can do about this?
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 06:38 PM   #2
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I am sorry but yes this was legal. Google "at will"
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 07:13 PM   #3
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What state?

The reason I ask is that some states are more critical on firing standards. For example, states like Texas is a “Right to Work” state and can let an employee go for almost reason other than race, color or creed.

You can find the answers you are looking for on your states laws by going to their website. Make sure the website ends with dot gov and not dot com or something else non official.
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 09:44 PM   #4
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To answer both responses.

I googled and came up with this site.

It's in Canada. I can't believe an employer can take someone through a 2 week interviewing process to determine if they are the right fit - and I was accurate and honest and open throughout the process, make an offer of long term employment, I notified them that I was purchasing a second car and that there was a financial urgency to my accepting a job. Then, 2 weeks later, without discussing their concerns, tell me that I wasn't the right fit and they only needed two weeks to know this. What if they hired two people but with the intent to only keep one, but not notifying either of the two that this was their hiring practice? I'm not saying it could be proven, but there must be some opportunity for justice.

Note that they only provided an employment agreement, less than 24 hours before I was terminated. Don't know if that is relevant.....
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I am very sorry... There is not much action you can take. Use your new vehicle wisely and make money doing something with it.
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Old May 24th, 2009, 04:06 AM   #6
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Thanks for the responses. It has certainly been a learning experience.
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Same thing happened to my husband. We bought our second car on a Saturday and he was terminated that following Thursday. I find it amazing companies do this and can get away with it. They wanted him so bad that not only did he turn in his two week notice with his former company but also the other companies that also wanted him. He was promised so many things and we are now struggling.
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Same thing happened to ME after 3 days on a new job.
It is not OK we cannot do anything about...
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Old Jan 15th, 2013, 12:36 PM   #10
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Same thing happened to me, but I was never told I was fired they just didn't add me to the schedule. It's a bad way to fire someone I would like a phone call instead I had employees come to me saying "sorry I heard what happened". I for one was confused because like I said no one said anything to me. I contacted a lawyer and she said there was nothing I could do legally. People don't realize this is my life they are playing with. I depended on my job to support my family. I was only there for about a month. They said they let me go because they can't afford to keep everyone. Which basically meant fire all the new people. There's nothing I can do legally but there are a million things I can do illegally.
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