Fired over schedule change?

by Cody
(Center, TX, USA)

I asked a coworker to switch days off with me because I am going out of town. I asked the boss afterwards and she changed the time sheet so that I could clock in on the days I was supposed to have off, meaning that she cleared the changes as I took it.

I went to work the first day with no problems, and when I came in the next she sent me home until further notice. I called the branch manager and asked why, but I was given no reason for this. I contacted her and she said it was because she did not approve my schedule change.

I was then told the situation was under investigation by her bosses to see if they will terminate me. Is that even allowed? I did ask her, and she changed the time sheets. I do not understand how I can be suspended or terminated over this. Is this wrongful termination? What can I do? Thank you.

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ANSWER for "Fired over schedule change?":

Cody (Center, TX, USA):

The State of Texas is an "at-will" employment state. This means an employee may have his or her employment modified or terminated for just about any reason other than discrimination based on skin color, religion, age, sexual preference, or gender.

Check to see if your employment is subject to rules and regulations promulgated in an employee manual, or through corporate policy. If an employee manual exists, or corporate policy is clear about terms of employment, including rights of appeal for demotions, lateral transfers, and termination, then the company is bound by those rules.

If, in the alternative, no employee manual or corporate policy exists regarding employee demotions, transfers, or terminations, then you may be forced to seek other employment.

Finally, while your facts do not seem to support such a claim, if you believe your suspension or wrongful termination was based on discrimination, as outlined above, then you may have the basis of a wrongful termination claim.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

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