Can I take legal action?

I was fired on a day I was not scheduled. I have my
schedule proving I was not supposed to work. I
verbally informed my general manager I would be
out of town the day I was off. A normal shift starts at
4 pm, I was called at 430 pm to cover a shift for an
employee, when I told my gm I was in New Orleans,
and unable to be at work in Byram ms he informed
me that I was fired, removed me from the schedule
site. I have paperwork of the schedule. The manager
told staff I was ‘barred.’ He told me at 430 if I didn’t
come in to work even thoough I was 3 hrs away
that I was fired. Can I take any kind of legal action
against my employer?

Asked on April 3, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Mississippi

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that an employer can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit. This includes scheduling a worker to come in even on their day off. And in an "at will" employment relationship, a worker can be terminated for the reason that you give, for any reason or for no reason at all, with or without notice. Accrdingly, unless this action constitutes some form of legally actionable discrimination or violates the terms of a union agreement/employment contract, it is legal.


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