Can you be put in administrative leave without notice and not even be told why?

Asked on September 7, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

As a general rule, an employer can set the terms and conditions of employment mush as it sees fit. This includes when and why to put an employee on administrative leave. That is unless doing so would constitute some form of legally actionable employment retaliation or discrimination. Also, this action would be illegal if it violates the terms of an employment contract, union agreement or exisiting company policy. Otherwise, an employer can suspend/terminate an employee for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.

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