Do I get paid for suspension pending investigation time upon returning to work?

I was suspended from work for fraud pending investigation. I was cleared and returned to work within a week being cleared from the charges. Am I supposed to get paid that time for suspension seeing how I wasn’t found guilty?

Asked on May 10, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

It depends on your company's policy. The fact is that most employment is "at will". This means that an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes who to suspend, why and whether or not to pay them for that time. That is unless not compensating the worker would violate the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, or in some way would constitue some form og legally actionable discrimination.


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