Is it legal that your job doesn’t give you any breaks while working and terminate you over the phone?

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Is it legal that your job doesn’t give you any breaks while working and terminate you over the phone?

I work at a fast food chain and I was fired over the phone. I never got a warning before that; I never sat down with the manager. I was told that the manager at the store could not fire me that the corporate office was the only one that can do that. And then days later the corporate office terminated me.also when I was working there there were multiple times that I would work 8 hour shift 6 hour shifts even a 12 hour shift one time and I would never get any breaks it was very few times that they actually gave me breaks on my shift.

Asked on May 27, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona


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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

An employee has no right to be discharged in person. The fact is that most employment arrangements are "at will". This means that a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit. This includes how and when to fire an employee. This is true unless the action violates company policy or the terms of a union agreemnt or employment contract. Also, it must not constitue some form of legally actionable discrimination.

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