Must my employer provide me with a write-up?

I was written up for tardiness. However, I was late once and by no more than 5 minutes, so I don’t feel that the write-was fair. What are my rights?

Asked on December 9, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Washington


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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Actually, you don't have a right to see a copy of the write-up, that is unless it must be provided pursuant to the terms of an employment contract or union agreement. The fact is that a business can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit, absent some form of legally actionable discrimination. So unless you think that your treatment was the result of your race, religion, age (over 40), disability, gender or nationality, it is legal. 

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