(Closed) Can I be fired for not completing a degree?

posted 5 years ago in Legal
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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SeaOfLove :  If its not in a contract upon hire, their word is essentially meaningless. If they fire you because of it, it’s considered discrimination, or at least I think. 

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Helper bee

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SeaOfLove :  Oh, I figured there was more to the story. You are already knee deep in your education, like other posters have said don’t give up! I know my comments seemed rude, trust me, but don’t give up and keep pushing harder! You will get there and I know I don’t know you but its called tough love. Your adviser sucks but almost every grad student goes through some sort of learning curve. I know I did not answer your question, my answer would be specific to my field and not exactly helpful. That would very likely get you fired in my field. Hopefully this is not your case.

 

I am glad your chair promised you a degree, good luck

Post # 21
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Helper bee

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SeaOfLove :  That is unforunately not my area. Hopefully there will be another bee that can comment. If your samples are stable, I would start checking other schools within the state and make friends. (And/or nearby states if you happen to live close to another state). 

Post # 22
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Helper bee

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armywifetobe :  Legally, firing for not having a degree, even without it being in writing, isn’t discrimination. Employers are allowed to require or desire certain job-related qualifications, including a degree. 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

We had to let a couple of MBA candidates (not graduates) go last year. We operate on an at-will state and part of our rating evaluations is “career development”. The non-graduates scored low on that part and their peers are all master holders. In that sense, they were let go. 

We are a large international firm and you bet we have had our legal team look over all our decisions multiple times before execution. 

To the OP, the best solution is to try to work it with your university and be candid with your employer. 

Post # 24
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Newbee

If you relied on the degree to get the job, even before it’s completion, then you need to get it. 

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