If I am late to work and my employer allowed me to work my shift, is it legal if it them terminated me after the shift for being late?

Asked on October 27, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Oklahoma


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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes it is. That is of course so long as you are paid for the time that you actually worked. Otherwise, your termination broken no laws. In fact, in an at will employment relationship you can be fired for this, any reason, or no reason at all; with or without notice. An employer has a great deal of discretion on setting the terms and conditions of the workplace.

So unless your discharge violated existing company policy, an employment/union contract, or your treatment was the result of actionable discrimination, your dismissal was perfectly permissible under the law.

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