Is it legal to be suspended for a week because of missing a meeting, due to being present at a different job?

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Is it legal to be suspended for a week because of missing a meeting, due to being present at a different job?

I have been suspended for a week from one job Job A because I was not present
during a mandatory meeting because I was present at another job Job B. I had
told my manager at Job A that I would not be present at the meeting because I
was scheduled at Job B. Also, I am ‘Unavailable’ to work at Job A on the day that
the scheduled the meeting. There were three other people who were not present
at the meeting and they were not suspended. I would like to know if Job A is
violating some labor law because of suspending me for working at another place?

Asked on October 19, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

An employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. Accordingly, it is not bound by the time contraints that a worker may have due to outside employment. This includes scheduling a meeting on an employee's day off and then disciplining them for missing the meeting, no matter the reason. This is true so long as there is no union agreement or employment contract that provides otherwise. As for treating other employees who missed the meeting differently, this too is legal unless the reason for your differing treatment was due to some form of legally actionable discrimination (i.e. was due to your race, religion, national origin, disability, age (over 40), etc.).


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