Can I get fired for calling out from my first job to go train for another job?

Ann Kiernan replies:

Assuming that you are an at-will employee, I am sorry to tell you that the answer is yes. Terminating an employee who takes a day off to go train for another job is not a wrongful discharge. Employees owe a duty of loyalty to their primary employer.

Good luck with your new job.

Posted 06-06-2017

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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.