Do I have a case if I was let go due to taking a day off for doctor’s appointment?

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Do I have a case if I was let go due to taking a day off for doctor’s appointment?

I put in for a day off 2 weeks before the day I needed for doctor’s appointment. They are claiming they didn’t get the request. The same day that I put my request in, someone else in the office put their request in for different days off. I believe someone in my office threw it away before it went over to the main office. They are tons of cameras all over. Would I have a case against them by using the video tape?

Asked on October 12, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Does this action violate the terms of any exisiting employment contract or union agreement? Does your treatment constitute any form of legally actionable discrimination? If not, then you are an "at will" worker. This means that your company can set the terms and conditions of employment much as it sees fit. This includes denying you time off for a doctor's appointment and terminating you if you took the time anyway without permission. As for the videotape, it is up to your employer whether or not to provide you access to it.


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