If an employer disciplines you or puts you on paid administrative leave does it have to give you a reason for the disciplinary action?

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If an employer disciplines you or puts you on paid administrative leave does it have to give you a reason for the disciplinary action?

Or can the employer just tell you that your performance needs to improve and not tell you any specifics?

Asked on November 24, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Utah


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

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

No, an employer does not have to give the reason for any disciplinary action that it may take against an employee, including placing that employee on administrative leave. While it would seemingly make sense fo tor an employer inform the employee as to the reason this was done, it does not have to legally do so. That is unless such action violates the terms of an employment contract, union agreement, company policy or the like. Also, the employee's treatment cannot constitute some form of actionble discrimination or retalaition. The fact is that in most work relationships, a company can set the terms and conditions of employment much as it sees fit or deems necessary.

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