Wade Phillips, head coach of the professional football team Dallas Cowboys, is out of a job, as of November 8, 2010.  After a very disappointing game against the Green Bay Packers, Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones announced that the assistant head coach, Jason Garrett, will lead the team on an interim basis.  Jones stated that an in-season coaching change is not something he has ever done.  However, given the Cowboys’ midseason record of 1-7, Jones decided that a coaching change was in the best interest of the team. Jones stated that Garrett had a chance to secure the coaching job full time if the team has success over the next eight games.  Full article:  cnn.com

Unless an employee is contracted to stay with a company for a specific period of time, New York law establishes employees as “at will.”  This means an employer has the right to discharge an employee at any time for any reason without a contract restricting termination.  This also protects the employee’s right to resign at any time. An employer may fire an employee for “no reason,” or for a reason that might seem arbitrary and unfair.  The employee is equally free to quit at any time without being required to explain or defend that decision.  There are a few exceptions to New York’s at will employment. The most significant being discrimination based upon race, creed, national origin, age, handicap, gender, sexual orientation or marital status.  Additionally, an employer cannot fire an employee for political or recreational activities outside of work, for legal use of consumable products outside of work, or for membership in a union.  Further, no employer shall penalize any employee for making a complaint to the employer, to the Commissioner of Labor, or to the Commissioner’s representative, about any provision of the Labor Law.  For more information: www.labor.ny.gov.

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