Director Todd Phillips set the record straight this week after many rumors circulated surrounding Mel Gibson and the Hangover 2 movie. Phillips told the associated press that Mel Gibson was not fired from the upcoming movie, rather Phillips had to swap out a cameo appearance, thus using Liam Neeson instead of Mel Gibson. Several days before releasing this statement, the rumor mill was churning as several media outlets claimed Gibson was fired from the set as a result of his recent separation from ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. Last month several audio recordings were released by RadarOnline capturing an explosive argument purportedly between the actor and Grigorieva. People questioned whether Gibson’s violent behavior caused the actor to be released from this soon-to-be hit movie. Director Phillips denied all rumors, although some continue to speculate that there is some truth to the rumors. People Magazine
New York State is an “employment-at-will,” state. 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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