[quote]Doug Adams wrote:
I live in Italy and from what I’ve seen in many movies,series and also from what I read on the internet it seems that in the US the boss can fire his employees for the fun of it. Is that so ?
Here in Italy and in most european countries it’s almost impossible (it takes long,and it’s complicated,many laws protect the employee from being fired) to fire your staff once they get a regular contract.
To be fired “on the fly” you either have to get caught stealing money or assaulting someone.
What’s the deal in the US ?
Don’t believe what you see on TV in the movies because that’s usually not how things work here. Firing employees for the fun of it? If an employer actually did that, then people wouldn’t apply for work at that company, which is bad for business.
Any violation of the working contract by an employee can have a severity of punishment up to and including termination. Instant termination usually happens for violations like assault, theft, harrassment, stuff like that.
Other violations, like tardiness and missing work, can be punishable by termination, but depends on the employee. If they’re in good standing, a tardy or absence can be overlooked.
Then there’s union employees, where it’s similiar to the situation you described for European workers.
In the financial markets, most employment is “at will” and terminations are almost always immediate.