Even the company handbook might not save you. These handbooks often times carry no force of law
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It doesn't matter whether there is a reason or not, the answer is the same. The employer in the state of Florida is not required to provide you with a reason as to why you were terminated or provide a letter stating the reason. The employer is also under no obligation by law to provide you with a reference.thanks, i don't see that as rude.....however i have a degree in hr management (but switched career paths to mental health services)....when working as director of hr re: two firings we believed would become litigious, my research stated that "at will" means.....a company can fire for any "legal and valid reason," discrimination for example not being one. but i believe there is other basis, for example inequitable procedures or favoritism toward others, or allowing same/equal/higher standards to go undisciplined by others, which has occurred.
we always gave the reason and worked through it methodically and with documentation and worked hard believing it was necessary to truly protect ourselves. having been on that side i can say this was sloppy, not well thought through, poorly communicated and based on personal issues.
i know this firing is not right. my main goal is to get my "eligible" status back and a good letter of reference. i will not quit easy, there are too many facts that would take too long to give here and i'm not sure every response here is either completely accurate or that i have fully informed of all information.
but main point is "at will" is not actually a license to fire for any old reason in any fashion and the companies i worked for took it very serious and not so straight forward.
what i have been told is that a company is not required to give a letter of termination, but i realized i failed to inform that in fact no reason has been given, therefore this is a different question.
i have already selected an attorney.
the above quote is what i stated and having worked with this attorney i know he appreciates me doing homework and coming prepared, even to the initial consultation.
dishonesty is a false accusation, realizing more information may be needed is not an act of dishonesty.
Okay, chiming in late here.
First, neither Florida nor Federal law requires that you be paid out any unused PTO or vacation. It's really pointless to argue any semantical questions of what earned means, because the law simply does not require that it be paid out, period.
Likewise, there is no Federal or Florida law that requires that you be given any kind of notice of termination. In fact, few states do have any such requirement.
So, summing up, it is LEGAL for them to refuse to pay out your unused PTO.
It is LEGAL for them to refuse to give you any kind of letter of termination.
Any other questions?