Some employers require periodic meetings with their workers to discuss how well they’re doing their jobs or problems they may be having. Performance reviews can be productive, but problems can creep up when they’re not done properly. Employers should also make sure they’re kept confidential.
In the United States, employers have a great deal of freedom to lay off employees. Nevertheless, laying off employees is regulated by law. Employers that do not follow those rules in a clear, unbiased layoff policy run the risk of lawsuits.
Unless you have an employment contract, it’s likely that you’re an “at-will” employee. This means you can be terminated at any time and for most reasons. However, these reasons cannot be discriminatory. When an employer fires you for discriminatory reasons, it is considered a wrongful termination. In this situation, the federal government provides you with significant legal protections.