Sometimes, it seems as if anybody can sue their current or former employer and get a day in court. It’s true, anyone is welcome to fill out the blank complaint forms that courts make available to the public. But spurious complaints like this one are usually quickly dismissed.
Recent case: Tommy, who worked at a power plant, was fired for allegedly sleeping during a training session. He sued, alleging the discharge was “unfair” because he hadn’t fallen asleep. Tommy argued that employees should be protected from unfair firings based on false allegations.
The court quickly tossed out the case, noting that at-will employment is still the law in Pennsylvania. Fair or unfair, employers can discharge employees for any reason that isn’t illegal. Getting the facts wrong may be unfair, but it’s not illegal. (Dille v. Day & Zimmerman, No. 13-2668, ED PA, 2014)
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