Can an employer investigate and discipline how you used your PTO, if it was approved months prior to the date of vacation?

Asked on August 31, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, if you don't have a written employment contract, your employer may do this that is because without a written employment contract, you are an "employee at will" and may be disciplined anything up to and including termination at any time, for any reason whatsoever--including use of PTO, even previously approved PTO.
If you have a written employment contract, you may not be disciplined in any way or for anything which would violate the terms of your contract.


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