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Terminated for not having a flash drive encrypted?

Submitted By: Dawn (Clio, MI)

I was terminated for not having a password encryption on my flash drive. I have used disks, external drive, and flash drive for nearly eight years. My understanding is it takes a specific software program in order for encryption to be used. This is the employer’s responsibility, as we are not authorized to install any program without permission.

Can I be terminated for a reason that is my employer’s responsibility? Also, if I am terminated wrongfully, am I entitled to compensation, as I have not found a job and this has ruined my credit? Thank you for any information you can give.

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Dear Dawn,

Unless you are working under a written contract of employment, or there is an appellate process for employees who have been terminated, you are bound by your employer’s decision.

The only other basis for wrongful termination would be if there was proof you were terminated as a result of discrimination in the workplace. For legal purposes, discrimination in the workplace is defined as termination based on your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

From the facts you preset, the termination was lawful. As a result, it would appear you are not entitled to compensation.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: January 14, 2015

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