Can you be made to work on the days that you are suspended?

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Can you be made to work on the days that you are suspended?

I work for an airline company and I feel as thought there may be some prejudicial actions taking place. I was put on a 3-day unpaid suspension. However, I was made me work those 3 days. I thought that if you was suspended you didn’t work? And there was another employee who got the same disciplinary action but for her second missed trip; I got them done on my first. Why was another employee treated differently than me? I need to know if I am jumping the gun here.

Asked on October 14, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

"Unpaid" and "suspension" do not generally add up to what happened to you: unpaid and working.  That is really what concerns me here.  Regardless of when the punishment was imposed - for the first or second offense - I think that the punishment itself is improper.  If you have a Human Resources department then I would speak with them about what happened and their "policy" first.  Maybe they are not aware that this is going on.  See what they say about this "policy" and how they handle the information. And then I would consult with an attorney about the matter.  Bring whatever employment handbooks, etc., you may have, that states what the policy is for a missed trip.  Good luck.    


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