Being terminated from one’s job can be a stressful experience. This is especially the case if the person who is fired does not have much of an understanding of why they were fired or what they may have done wrong. After all, not every employer is required to have a reason for firing their employees.
This could happen if an at-will employee is terminated. At-will employment essentially means that the employer can fire the employee for any reason whatsoever. The National Conference of State Legislatures says that the employer does not have to explain themselves, either. They can simply choose to fire their employee one day and the employee will have very little legal standing when it comes to demanding answers or compensation.
There is some wiggle room when it comes to fighting at-will termination, but it is not much. This is because the employer will make it very clear at the start of a job if it is an at-will employment situation. In some cases, this is not made perfectly clear. In cases like that, it could be possible for an employee to argue their case. They may even be able to get their job back. However, these cases are far more rare than the cases that lose against the employer.
For this reason, anyone who is hired by an at-will employer should make sure that they are aware of what at-will employment means. Anyone who is worried about being terminated for little or no reason, or for a reason that does not need to be explained, should avoid taking employment at these places if possible.