If my boss changes my schedule on my day off, can I get fired for not showing up?

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If my boss changes my schedule on my day off, can I get fired for not showing up?

I was scheduled to have Friday and Saturday and Sunday off but my boss called my cell at 20:30 Friday night and left a message to call him back for an emergency. I went out of town so I didn’t get the message until Monday. When I arrived for work Monday I saw on the schedule that I had been added a shift for Saturday morning at 7:30. When I clocked in on Monday it said I had an unexcused absence for Saturday. Can I be reprimanded for a schedule change that I never confirmed that I was even aware of?

Asked on September 4, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, West Virginia

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Actually you can. It is up to you to check for any changes in your work schedule. Accordingly, unless you could have been disciplined (up to and including termination) for any unexcused absence. In fact, without an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary, a worker can be fired for any reason or no or reason at all, with or without notice (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination).

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Actually you can. It is up to you to check for any changes in your work schedule. Accordingly, unless you could have been disciplined (up to and including termination) for any unexcused absence. In fact, without an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary, a worker can be fired for any reason or no or reason at all, with or without notice (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). 


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