Can I be fired for this
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Can I be fired for this
I work for a company Wednesday to Saturday 8 am to 6 pm on the books. My employer has events at my at my place of employment after regular business hours. I get paid off the books for working these events. I volunteered to work and event yesterday which required me showing up at 10 pm and working until 1 am. I went to dinner with a friend before showing up at 10 pm only have my boss say go home. I show up to work this morning and he fires me for
smelling of alcohol the night before. Can they do this?
Asked on July 27, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania
M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 6 years ago | Contributor
In an "at will" employment relationship, a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. This includes why to fire an employee. In fact, an employer can terminate a worker for smelling of alcohol, for any reason, or for no reason at all. This is true unless such action violates the terms of a union/collective bargaining agreement or employment contract. Also, it must not constitute any form of legally actionable discrimination.
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