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Can you be fired for not having a degree even though you were hired without one.?
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Can you be fired for not having a degree even though you were hired without one.?

My husband was promoted to a position that required a degree, they knew he did not have one but gave him the position anyway. Now because they're doing cut backs he is to produce a degree and transcripts or he's fired. Can They do that?


2009-01-07 18:14:56 +0000
Depends on the laws of your unknown Country and/or State, and you didn't tell us where you are, and also on the terms of any written contract he may have had with his employer.

In virtually all US jurisdictions, employment is "at will" and an employee can be terminated for any reason not specifically forbidden by law.


2009-01-07 18:11:41 +0000
Probably. Most employment is "at will", so they can do anything they want. Even if you could force them to keep him, they could make his life miserable, so I'm not sure it's worth fighting it.


2009-01-07 18:30:14 +0000
In a situation like that, oftentimes there is an unspoken understanding that the newly promoted employee will later achieve the required degree as a way of continuing their own education and training, in order to be properly qualified for the job. Some outfits will even facilitate this.

It's unfortunate, but you really don't have a leg to stand on in defense.

2009-01-07 18:09:48 +0000
In a right to work state you can be fired for any reason except race, gender, health status or age. That is most states.

2009-01-07 18:12:33 +0000
That's a question which should be handled by a lawyer. Get legal advice first.

2009-01-07 18:12:59 +0000
Yep, they can do that. And if he had a degree they could fire him for having gone to a staue university instead of a private school, or for having attended a private school instead of a state school.

2009-01-07 18:14:12 +0000
If someone is paying you to be there, then they don't want you there anymore, they'll figure out a reason to get rid of you sooner or later.

I would suggest not fighting and use the energy to find some place that wants you there.

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