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Can your employer fire you for no reason?

Being fired from your job in Fort Lauderdale can be extremely traumatic whose impact can be compounded even further if you are not given a reason for it. You might assume that your employer has to have a reason to fire you, yet that is not the case. Like many states, Florida subscribes to the "at-will employment" doctrine, meaning that your employment is conditional on your employer's will. If you are dismissed, the law does not mandate that your employer provide you with a reason. 

Employers are not, however, allowed to terminate all employees with impunity. You may have a case for wrongful termination if you can show that your employer violated the exceptions to at-will employment. Per the National Conference of State Legislatures, these include: 

  • Violations of public policy: You cannot be fired for refusing to violate a state or federal law, or by reporting violations by your employer. 
  • Expressed contracts: If you have a written contract of employment, the terms of that agreement supersede the at-will employment presumption.
  • Implied contracts: If your employer has provided indications that compliance with company policies will guarantee your employment, you can argue those indications constitute an implied contract (such policies must be posted for you and your coworkers to reference. 

In addition, your employer may not intentionally interfere with you meeting the terms of your employment contract, or inflict emotional distress upon you to the point of you wanting to quit. 

There are also certain statutory exceptions to the at-will employment presumption. Your employer cannot fire you on the basis of discrimination, or in retaliation for you reporting any regulatory violations that it has committed. 

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