Your Take: What Can Get You Fired?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Yesterday we asked: What is a sackable offense at your place of work? And you gave us plenty of responses, from your own personal stories to the larger questions about getting sacked. 

On facebook, James wrote: 

Employers are enjoying their control over employees. I know of a company that is so petty, they are terminating all their long time employees and hiring newbies for less... Things are going to get worse before they get better; if they ever do!

Hemingway from New Jersey had this to say: 

Sometimes bosses will fire you for some technical lapse — like mistakes on expense account — which are just excuses that they can back with HR, when in fact they just don't like you but can't fire you for that reason.

Comments [2]

anna from new york

And my comment is where, dear NPR?
On topic, civil, brief ... Too intelligent?

Nov. 17 2010 01:23 AM
Peg from NY

Please explain 'At-Will' employment law. My understanding is that unless the employer and employee are bound in a specific contract that defines term of employment or the employee is a member of a union - an employer can fire any employee 'for no reason' (At-Will) and that an employee can leave his employer for no reason (At-Will). This law can be particularly perplexing to students emerging from educational institutions - where At-Will law does not apply.

"That's not fair" has no merit in an At-Will business or company.

Nov. 16 2010 08:00 AM

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