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You can prepare a written response to the write-up, explaining what you believe to be inaccurate and ask that your employer include your response in your personnel file.
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If you did not have a written employment agreement or contract saying that you were a just cause employee, then, yes, they could do that. That is because you would be an at-will employee.
This means that you could quit your job at any time and there's nothing your employer could do about it.
That also means the reverse is true: your employer could terminate you at any time and for any reason (so long as it wasn't because of your race, age, gender, disability, national origin, religion, military veteran status, etc.) and there isn't a darn thing you can do about it.
An employer may dismiss an employee at any time for any reason; a good reason, a bad reason, or for no reason at all.
Now, does that seem to be unfair or unjust? You bet it does. However, it is not illegal.
That is the very nature of "at-will" employment. You serve "at the will" (or whim?) of the employer.
Of course different people can disagree as to whether or not the punishment fit the "allaged" wrong in your situation. But, when you're an at-will employee, your employer doesn't have to even go there. They could have fired you because they didn't like which hand you used to lift your coffee cup. They could have fired you because they didn't like the shade of green socks you wore to work. They could do this when you are an "at-will" employee.
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Whether the employer can do it or not depends upon what the written policies are of the plant.
What it's going to come down to is (a) what are the policies, (b) what was instructed of you, (c) did you follow the policies, (d) were you insubordinate, and (e) are you improperly being held to a different standard than everyone else.
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