Can an employer fire me on the phone?
I was called and fired from a supervisor at work over the phone. I wonder if even legal. Also can i get unemployment from the company though I was a part-time employee?
I cannot answer your question as to whether you will get unemployment because the state usually determines eligibility on a case-by-case basis. I do not know all the facts of your case. But in general, benefits are paid to workers who meet the following requirements:
- have earned qualifying wages,
- are unemployed through no fault of their own,
- are able and available to work full-time and
- are actively seeking full-time work.
An employer probably can fire you on the phone, although it was not a nice or professional way to do so.
Yes, you can be fired over the phone. While not professional it is legal. Most employment relationships are what is known as "at will". This means that you can work for an employer, or not, your choice. In turn, the employer can hire or fire someone for any reason or no reason whatsoever.
The only exceptions to this are: 1) If there is an employment agreement or contract (which governs termination); 2) If there is a union or collective bargaining agreement (which governs termination); 3) If there is an employee handbook or other official policy statement (which governs termination); 4) If discrimination is a factor (there can be no termination for reasons of race, religion, age, disability, sex, national origin).
In some instances "part-time" employees may be able to receive unemployment. You will need to speak to your state unemployment office regarding this.