Firing because she was useless seems like a better reason. Technically yes, and she was actually "laid off" on the release, for "lack of work" in her department. (Because she didn't do anything of course and the other employees made up her time!) But you know, some folks in this world for some reason or another, feel entitled even if qualifications don't exist at all. In Canada, it's unbelievable what an employee can do here. They can destroy companies with legal costs, even if their charge is unfounded - not even a slap on the wrist. In the states - I think they have something called "Affirmative Action". Equally dangerous and it empowers those that may not be as qualified for a position.