NOTE - this is strictly hypothetical and I am not asking for legal advice. In the case that I ever do need real legal advice I'll find a real lawyer and pay them for it.
Suppose my employer decides to throw a holiday potluck and mandates participation by employees. Employees are required to bring in a dish to feed so many people. Suppose further that I refuse to participate and, as a result, my employer fires me citing failure to participate in the potluck as the reason.
- Am I eligible for unemployment insurance benefits?
- Do I have any hope to sue for wrongful termination or anything like that?
Jurisdiction: any US, although if there are notable situations in specific locations in the US I'd love to read about them.
As an aside - this is strictly hypothetical. What's not hypothetical is that I hate workplace potlucks.
Some more information:
- Salaried exempt (IT)
- USA, at will, right to work
- Various tenures at the job
For instance - suppose my employer asked me to bring in $50k or get fired. Would that be "constructive dismissal"? Would it be for a much smaller amount - say $50? If so, would that make any difference at all?