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Unfortunately. I don’t have great news for you regarding an ability to pursue your employer.The long answer short here is that employment cases are exceptionally difficult and are only viable under certain conditions.
Every state, is considered an “at will employment” state. What this that means is that you can be hired, fired or have an adverse employment actions taken against you for any reason - be it a good reason/for cause, a bad reason, or even no reason at all.
The only time an employee has a basis for a “adverse employment decision” cause of action is if that decision was based directly on and because of prohibited reason (protected class). These reasons are age, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and religious affiliation. example, if you were terminated directly because of your race, you could pursue a wrongful termination claim against your employer.
Furthermore, these are the same classifications that govern whether or not a discrimination or harassment lawsuit is possible. If the discrimination or harassment are based directly on age, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and religious affiliation it is actionable, otherwise, it is not.
However, even if it appears that a prohibited classification is a factor, the employer can defend itself on the grounds of a legitimate business reason for that adverse employment action (ie it wasn’t race, it was productivity) and thus avoid liability.
Under these circumstances, it does not sound like or appear that any protected classes are involved. Having a criminal history/record is not a protected class. As, such, yes, your employer can terminate you abruptly and for no reason.
Furthermore, any attempt you might make to argue/allege defamation against your ex her friends or anyone else would also fail as truth is an absolute defense to such an allegation. And since, as you indicated, the information spread about you was factually accurate, this would not be actionable.
I’m sorry to not have better news here. Be well
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