Can I be fired because of systematic lateness?

I am working with international customers. My workday starts at 5:00 am. I catch the first bus but am coming to work at 5:06 or 5:07 am.

Asked on December 4, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

As unfair as it seems, yes you can be fired for being just a few minutes late to work. Most work relationships are "at will". This means that a company can set the terms and conditions of employment much as it sees fit. For their part, an employee can either comply with the company's rules, refuse to obey and risk termination, or quit.
While ot much of a choice, this is probbly all you have. That is unless you have some sort of protection against this under the terms of a union agreement, employment contract or even company policy. Also, your treatment cannot be the result of any form of actionable discrimination or retaliation.


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