Can an employee be disciplined their employer for not working if a winter weather advisory was in affect?

Asked on February 16, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

First off, does this action violate company policy or the terms of a employment contract or union agreement? Does your treatment constitute some form of actionable discrimination? If not, then while seemingly unfair, your employer is breaking no laws. The fact is that most employment is "at will", which means that the conditions of the workplace can be set much as a company sees fit, and this includes who takes off and when. For their part, an employee can either comply with their employer's demands or quit.

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