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Can you get fired for something you do outside of work?

If you are not a union or government employee, you are considered an at-will employee. As an at-will employee, you can be fired for any reason. This means you may face dismissal for conduct outside of work.

However, terminating an employee for off-duty conduct can be illegal in some cases. For example, you cannot discriminate against employees and fire them solely based on their age, gender, race, national origin, religion, disability or veteran status. You could, though, fire an employee who engages in illegal activities or does not follow company policies, such as failing a drug test.

Whether or not you will get fired for an activity that occurs outside of work will depend on the circumstances. For example, violent crimes will almost always get a person fired from their job. If you’re a truck driver and get a DUI, then you will likely get fired, whereas if you’re in a position that does not require driving, then you may not get fired.

Contact Ricotta & Marks, P.C.

You do not have to tolerate workplace discrimination or accept working in a hostile environment. We are here to protect you and your livelihood. Call Ricotta & Marks, P.C., at 800-240-9269 or send us an e-mail to schedule your free initial consultation today.


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