Can my husbandbe terminated because he was 5 minutes late?

UPDATED: Sep 16, 2011

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Can my husbandbe terminated because he was 5 minutes late?

He was at a follow up doctor’s visit for a work-related injury.

Asked on September 16, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

In all states in this country, unless there is a written agreement stating that one will be employed for a certain period of time signed by the employee and employer, all employees are terminable at will. Meaning, an employer can essentially terminate an employee for any reason other than in retaliation for "whistle blowing" concerning some company impropriety or for a discriminatory purpose based upon gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious basis or as a result of a work related claim or injury.

If you husband was terminated for arriving at work late due to being at a doctor's visit for a work related injury, it seems that he was being retaliated against due to a work related injury that he reported. If so, his termination seems improper.

I suggest that he contact the local labor department and report what happened as well as report this to the worker's compensation office where he presumably made a claim for his work related injury.

Good luck.

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