Can I legally be written up for something I said when I was off the clock and at my home?

I called work. Trying to let them know that I wasn’t going to make it in due to my having something personal going on. And I snapped at the person I was talking to on the phone because she wouldn’t listen to anything I was saying and she told me I was being written up. Can she legal do that when I was at my home and off the clock?

Asked on March 16, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Arkansas

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

In an "at will" employment relationship, absent some form of actionable discrimination, a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit. This includes when and why to write-up an employee. Accordingly, unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, you have no claim here.


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