Are there any laws that are against my employer firing me on a scheduled off day?

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Are there any laws that are against my employer firing me on a scheduled off day?

I worked for an animal clinic for about 5 months before I was terminated. For some reason I was fired on an off-day for apparently violating a lunch break policy, which was not brought to my attention beforehand nor was I reprimanded for it. I want to know is that common in the workplace or is it normal?

Asked on May 4, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Alabama

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

As an "at will" employee, your employer could set the conditions of your employment much as it saw fit. This included when to terminate your employment, evenif it was on your day off. The fact is that, you could have been fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. This is true so long as your treatment did not constitute any form of legally actionable discrimination or this action did not violate the terms of any applicalbe union agreement, employment contract or company policy.


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