If we usually get off at 3:30 pm but today my boss came to me at 1:30 pm and said that we had to stay to finish but he knows that I need to pick up my kids, can he fire me if I leave anyway?

Asked on October 20, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you can be fired for this. That is unless your termination under the circumstances would violate the terms of an employment contract or union agreement. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will". Therefore, a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of actionable discrimination). Accordingly, as unfair as it seems, a worker can be discharged for any reason or no reason at all.

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