How long can an employer keep an employee on administrative leave with no pay and not tell what led them to take this action?

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How long can an employer keep an employee on administrative leave with no pay and not tell what led them to take this action?

I was put on administrative leave almost a month ago and as of today. yet, I haven’t heard anything from my employer. When I contact the general manager, she tells me that she hasn’t talked to the owner, a franchise hotel, in regards to my situation. She also states that she doesn’t know what I’m being accused of or any proof showing that I have done anything wrong. She said that they are just mad because they found out about my dating the ex-general manager, which the owners are not too happy with or approve. So, she thinks that’s why they don’t want me on the hotel property but they haven’t showed her proof of my doing anythings wrong.

Asked on November 6, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Does your treatent violate an employment contract or union agreement or constitute some form of legally actionable discrimnation? If not, then you are an "at will" employee which means that you can be suspended (or terminated) for any reason or no reason at all. Additionally, your employer need not pay you during this time or even inform you as to when you may return to work. That having been said, at some point you may qualify for unemployment benefits; you can check with your state's department of labor.


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