The Burdette
Law Firm
Lawyers: Germantown - Memphis, TN.
(901) 756-7878
in Germantown
(901) 756-6433
in Memphis

Answers to general legal questions posed by the general public

by Memphis Attorney Christina Burdette

"Q: Can a manager in an at-will state be fired for asking...

...her new boss not to send work requests directly to her subordinates? I am writing for an older black manager who was fired after asking her new boss to send work requests to her, the manager, and not directly to the people she manages. The new boss was a young white man who started sending work requests directly to an attractive young white woman in the department managed by the black woman. He also told the young woman to ignore the rules set by the black manager. The manager complained to the boss about this and was fired. This is in an at-will state. She had over 10 years of good work as a manager with no complaints. Was this wrongful termination? Was it discrimination, given that the requests were sent by a young white boss to a young white female instead of to her older black manager? The company has few blacks and no black managers after this firing?"

A: An employee in an at-will state can be...

....terminated from his or her position for any or no reason at all. Discrimination is not always easy to prove and the process can be long and arduous.

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