How long after an incident at work occurs can an employer suspend you for it?

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How long after an incident at work occurs can an employer suspend you for it?

I had an incident at work and continued to work for 5 more days before they called me to speak about it and tell me that I was suspended.

Asked on September 10, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Is there a company policy covering the timing of suspensions? Do you have an employment contract or union agreement addressing such a situation? Was the delayed suspension the result of some form of actionable discrimination?

If your answer to all of the above was, "No" then your employer actions were perfectly permissible. The fact of the matter is that in an "at will" employment setting (and most employment is), a suspension can be issued at just about any time. An employer can hire or fire someone for any reason or no reason whatsoever, as well has increase/decrease salary/hours, promote/demote, and generally impose requirements as it deems necessary or see fit. In turn, an employee can work for an employer or not, their choice. 


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