Can an at-will employee be wrongfully terminated?
Question Details: I worked 15 years at a country club. I ordered all food, was in charge of most cleaning and was head chef. The country club has a board, and for most of these 15 years, the president did not like me. Also, there was a head of house and when she started 8 years ago, she was my boss and manager; she did all hiring and firing. On one of her first days there, she went to the president and let him know that he was not to say any more to me about anything, that if he had a problem with me, he should go to her and she would take care of it. So for the next 8 years, I worked under that head of house and had no problems with the president. On 01/01, the head of house resigned. The last day that I worked was 01/15 and the new manager was taking pictures of my food so that she could make a new menu. She also asked me to work the next day, which was a Sunday, but I said that I couldn't and the I went home. About 8 days after that, the head of house resigned. They had a board meeting and 6 board members voted that I should be fired for belittleing someone, which was not true. Then without any complaints, without any warnings, without any counseling, without anything including not giving me any kind of heads up. The president told them a story and the 6 board members went and voted that I should be fired and 4 of the 6 board members were new and had no idea, how I worked or what I did. They just went on the president's story with no evidence whatsoever. They fired me on 01/08, 8 days after the head of house left, but I wasn't told for over a month.The president saw me out numerous times and said nothing, then on a Friday night at 6:30 after over a month went by, he sent another employee to my house and had him tell me that I was fired. He gave no reason so I called the president because I had about $1000 worth of cooking equipment and utensils. The president said I would be arrested for trespassing, so I did nothing but wait. I finally called the bookkeeper and she said that she was going to send me my final check in the mail, however, the president got it and held on to it for about 3 months. He also held on to all my cooking equipment. When I finally did get some stuff back, most of it wasn't mine; it was just older garbage from the club. I had wooden spoons that my dad made from a block of wood which have sentimental value to me but they still have them. I was given no reason for any of this.