Terminated Volunteer


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I was a volunteer at [a hospital] until I was terminated for what I believe were unfair reasons. Back in August, I had given a note to a nurse with my phone number indicating an interest in her. When she expressed that she was not interested, I respected her response and ceased to volunteer for about a month. It was only when I returned in October that I was told I would be terminated despite my utmost professional conduct when I returned. I was escorted out of the hospital via security right after being handed a copy of hospital policies. I reviewed the policies and can confirm that I had NOT violated anything. Essentially, the volunteer office blatantly lied to me about their policies. When I e-mailed Human Resources of the hospital about it, they only said they wanted to speak with me over the phone. I don't trust them so am thus seeking legal consultation before making any further actions. I've been searching for employment lawyers for more than a month now, but no one seems to be interested since I was "never paid". I have however lost my vested interest in the form of a Letter of Recommendation that was earned via more than 100 hours of volunteering over a period of two years. What other types of lawyers can I search for to help me in this matter?
You can search for any kind of lawyer you want, since you have no case to bring. I'm sure if you try hard enough you can find a lawyer who will take your money. You do know, don't you, that employers don't care diddly about Letters of Recommendation?
I don't understand why you want to consult with a lawyer.

Even if you were an employee, rather than a volunteer, you could have legally been fired for what you described -- and yes, even though what you described was not legally inappropriate. In the absence of a union collective bargaining agreement or a contract that limits the employer's ability to fire the employee, an employer may legally fire an employee for any reason not otherwise prohibited by law. Also keep in mind that, for all we know, the hospital had a non-fraternization policy that what you described may have violated. Even if no such policy existed, and even if you were an employee, the termination would have been unquestionably legal.
don't trust them so am thus seeking legal consultation before making any further actions.

Whatever anyone discloses to you on this site isn't legal advice.

If you wish to receive REAL legal advice consult with one of the thousands of TX licensed attorneys, probably hundreds of them are nearby.