Does state law define being late for work?

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Does state law define being late for work?

I was 5 minutes late due to traffic and was sent home for the day.

Asked on November 18, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I'm afraid that there is no such law - either state or federal.  The fact is that the majority of employment relationships are what is known as "at will".  What this means is that basically an employer can hire or fire someone for any reason or no reason whatsoever.  Additionally, it can increase/decrease salary/hours, promote/demote, and generally impose requirements as it sees fit.  An employee in turn can work for an employer or not, their choice.  The exceptions to this would be if there is a stated company policy contrary to the way in which your situation was handled or there is a union/employment agreement that does not allow for such action.  Additionally, if this situation arose due to some type of discrimination (i.e., for reasons due to your race, religion, age, disability, sex, national origin).  Absent any of the foregoing, your employer's action did not violate the law.


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