If I got fired for taking 2 days off, is this fair?

I was almost raped at work. The cops came arrested the guy. I took 2 days off to get myself together and was fired. The month before I was told that I could never take a day off. However, after almost getting raped I needed time. Is this right?

Asked on April 2, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Mississippi

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless you had the right to take time off under the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, or you had available PTO or sick/vacation time, then you could have been terminated for an unexcused absence no matter the reason. The fact is that most emwork relationships are "at will" which menas that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination).

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless you had the right to take time off under the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, or you had available PTO or sick/vacation time, then you could have been terminated for an unexcused absence no matter the reason. The fact is that most emwork relationships are "at will" which menas that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination).


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