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Can an employer suspend you for being late five days after the day you were late and you had worked during the five days?

1 Answers. Asked on Mar 21st, 2012 on Labor and Employment - Oregon
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I was late on a Sunday. I worked that Sunday and i worked late to make up for being late. I worked on Monday and then had Tuesday and Wednesday off. ( my shceduled days off) When i went to work on Thursday my boss told me that i was suspended for being late on Sunday. I want to know if you can be suspended (without pay) five days after the day i was late?
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Answered on Mar 26th, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Sure.  Unless you work some sort of "flex time" or other schedule that you determine yourself, an employer expects you to be at work, on time, whenever you are scheduled to be there.  If you are not, it can seriously disrupt the employer's work.  When you aren't there, you are subject to discipline, and most employers reserve the right to discharge employees who are repeatedly late or absent.  It may well be that the responsible person within your company was not aware you were late until several days after the incident.  You were late, and you're going to have to take responsibility for that.

This response is not intended to, nor does it provide legal advice. You should consult with competent local counsel to determine your legal rights.

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