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can an employer suspend an employee for 2 weeks without pay

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can an employer suspend an employee for 2 weeks without pay without giving a reason, verbally or written?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  Patrick, Esq. replied 5 years ago.
Hello and thank you for entrusting me to answer your question.

Unfortunately, the laws in this area strongly favor the employer. (It is, afterall, the large corporations that are able to lobby the state legislature.) Typically, an employer may typically suspend an employee for any reason or no reason, unless the underlying motivation is unlawful or discriminatory.

This tremendous freedom stems from the basic premise that employment is "at will," absent an agreement to the contrary. Courts have interpreted this to mean that, since an employer retains discretion to terminate employees for no reason, it also retains the authority to dictate the terms of employment and suspend, discipline, or impose other sanctions on employees as it sees fit.

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