Is it legal for employer to fill my position while I am under investigation for child abuse?

I smacked my daughters mouth and it
resulted in a bruise. Her school
reported it to the child line as abuse.
My employer I work for a school
district as a lunchlady was informed.
I was told on June 2nd I could not be
around children until the matter was
cleared up. On June 6th, the case was
closed as unfounded. I called my
manager to let them know, and was told
my position was filled and I could be
put on the sub list. Meaning I would
only work if someone called off,
instead of having the 30hrs a week my
position was. Is that legal for them
to do?

Asked on June 7, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Most employment is what is known as "at will". This means that a company can set the conditions of work must as it sees fit. This includes when and why to fire an employee. In fact, an employer can terminate a worker for any reason or no reason at all. This is true so long as such an action does not violate the terms of a union agreement, employment contract or even company policy. Also, this treatment must not constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination.


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