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HelloThis is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide you information in this regard.I am sorry to hear of this situation. And the answer is not in your favor. But I do not make the laws.Under AZ law, the paid vacation is a "benefit" Such Benefits are not mandated by law. And so the employer is at liberty to establish policy on the way the vacation should be taken - for instance, if it has to be requested by a certain date and/or that if you do not follow the policy in this regard, you lose itI am sorry the law is not in your favor.
Now, if the employer has allowed other employees to take vacation out of "policy" they must continue that practice. But if there is a policy and it has been applied to all employees, then you have no recourse.