What can I do if I’ve been told that I wasn’t promoted at work because I wasn’t dependable?

Now of the 3 years I have worked for my company, I was out for 7 months

under workers’ comp my first year. Then just this past Christmas I had

to have my gall bladder out and missed 2 weeks of work. Then, 2 weeks later I

got sick and missed 4 days with a doctor’s note. Now they are saying that I’m

not dependable when that’s all of the work I’ve missed.

Asked on March 12, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Ultimately, there is little or nothing you can do: the problem is, an employer is under no obligation to promote any employee, ever (unless, that is, the employee has an employment contract calling for his/her promotion at certain times or after certain length(s) of employment). This is one consequence of all employment being "employment at will" when there is no contract. Therefore, since the employer is not required to promote you, you can't force them to promote you or get any compensation for not being promoted.


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