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Can your boss fire you for interviewing for a different job?

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  1. |Chaz|

    |Chaz| Well-Known Member VIP

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    So my friend Lacey today told her boss she was interviewing for a different job today and she was fired on the spot. Is that legal? It doesn't sound like it's legal... but I'm not positive.
     
  2. Jeef

    Jeef NO MA'AM Moderator VIP

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    Do not let your employer know anything about looking for a new job until you have an offer you like. What was the reason she was fired? Is it a big or a small company? Try calling hr if they have an hr department. That or call the labor board.
     
  3. |Chaz|

    |Chaz| Well-Known Member VIP

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    Nah, it's a small optometrist's office. She was fired purely for telling her boss she had an interview today. They're closing up at the end of March so firing her was just making the inevitable come faster.
     
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    Jeef NO MA'AM Moderator VIP

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    Probably not 100% legal but there might be a loop hole. Its probably not worth fighting. I heard somewhere that if you get fired you can collect unemployment.
     
  5. MthaFuknGreen

    MthaFuknGreen Green on the scene.

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    whered you hear that?
    thats a complete fallacy!

    im pretty sure thats not legal.. i cant recall where i heard this though.
     
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    haao13 New Member

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    you can collect unemployment if you get fired. happened to my girlfriends dad
     
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    your ex employer can attempt to fight the unemployment, but will probably lose in these circumstances
    i think have to be fired to collect unemployment
    quitting does not usually qualify you for unemployment benefits
     
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    The employer can fight the unemployment, but it really depends on the state. Some states have different regulations for unemployment qualification.
     
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    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    Perhaps its legal if she was interviewing for a competing company.
     
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    Nah, her optometrist isn't competing with Denny's...
     
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    Big difference between fired and laid off ;x.
     
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    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    You didn't know that Denny's is offering 20 dollar eye exams with the purchase of any Grand Slam breakfast?
     
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    never ever ever ever ever ever even hint that you're looking elsewhere.

    if you need time off for an interview, Aunt sally passed away. or something else.
     
  14. BigJ

    BigJ I'm just about that action Boss. VIP

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    Being fresh on the subject.....It is perfectly legal to fire someone for almost anything in washington state. We're an Employment at Will State. That means at any time, either party can end the employment relationship if there were no express contract defining the relationship and the employee does not belong to a collective bargaining unit (union, association, etc).

    I doubt your GF belonged to an secretary or optometrist union, and had a specific contract until the end of the month when the "shop" shuts its doors.
     
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    corvetteguy78 Well-Known Member VIP

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    Yeap, they sure can fire her ass. nothing wrong with it either. I told my boss yesterday that I have an interview but, they laid me off so they can't fire me because they allow time to interview during the layoff process
     
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    Yes, and most of the time you can still collect unemployment if you are fired.

    Here in Michigan, unless you are fired for attendance or theft you can still collect. And even at that, the employer has to take it to an appeal in order for you not to receive the benefits.

    Your best bet is to still keep it to yourself if you're interviewing or seeking other positions.
     
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    So if you are fired for theft can you collect your unemployment while in jail?
     
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    D16Civic Matt

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    Well, my last job we had a guy fired for "stealing" scrap aluminum that he was taking to the recycling joint and selling. No criminal action was ever taken, but technically he was fired for theft.

    It's all in the interpretation I suppose.
     
  19. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    washington sucks about that.

    1) she can collect unemployment.
    2) she shouldn't have said anything. learning lessons through life i guess
    3) she should try for another admin job. there are a ton on craigslist. denny's sucks.
     
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    Depending on state laws they dont need any reason to fire someone. Here in Ga they have a thing called "right to work", basically an employer needs no reason at all to fire an employee, no matter how long they have worked for the company, or how good or bad they were as an employee.
     
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