It sometimes really saddens me how uneducated the public is with regard to the laws but on the other hand I understand because the laws just don’t make any sense. You’re working at a company for 20 years. You get a new supervisor who on a daily basis berates you, calls you’re slow, stupid, lazy, a slacker, and just generally makes the workplace a hostile one. That type of treatment is certainly unfair, immoral and just plain downright mean… but it is not illegal.
This is along the same lines as everyone who believes that you are entitled to a warning about your job performance before you are fired for poor job performance. You are not, at least not in the state of Florida. It’s called the At Will Employment Doctrine.
There’s no accounting for this illogical approach to the utilization of human resources, that is employees working for employers. Enlightened employers are not as likely to terminate someone just because “your services are no longer needed” but rather are willing to treat employees as human beings, sit down with them and discuss any issues that need to be discussed, provide an opportunity for such a troubled employee to “right the ship” so to speak and become a more productive and desirable employee, before firing them. Again a more enlightened approach would not be to take a 30 year employee and just kick them out the door without an explanation or a severance package.Certainly CEOs and presidents of companies get what they call golden parachutes, so there’s no reason in the world employees shouldn’t be entitled to similar consideration, albeit at a lesser sum.
The problem however is not the corporations as much as it is the legislatures who are enacting these absurd laws. The other side of this problem and equally deserve fault/blame, is that people don’t vote for the proper individuals who will represent them in the manner in which they want to be represented on a more generalized basis, but rather vote one or two issues without looking at what the candidates they are voting for really support. Rather than just voting for the candidate who will support, say 2nd Amendment rights, vote for a candidate who will enact laws in accordance with your beliefs about how you should be treated at work. You may not be able to always have a gun, but if you have a job, at least you won’t have to rely on your shooting to get your food.
The solutions to this at will employment state that we live in is to elect officials that will enact laws abolishing the at will employment rule. The at will employment rule is the rule that says they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want, as long as they don’t discriminate against you because of age, race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, HIV or marital status. So when November, 2018, comes around, really look at who you are voting for and maybe vote the guy/gal who will take your needs into consideration, instead of the big corporations, and then maybe then, we will have fair, just and moral laws.