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I work at a golf and fitness center with proprietary and social

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I work at a golf and fitness center with proprietary and social memberships. I am regularly scheduled to provide on site childcare. One child has a history of violence toward other children and myself. On August 31, 2013 this child hit me with a stick and it was recorded on camera. When the child's nanny arrived I told her about the incident and said that if this occurs again the child may not be able to return to childcare.
The parent was told this and wrote a complaint. I was given a write up by my supervisor for a breach of member/employee etiquette when it was construed that I was threatening to revoke member privileges. I refused to sign the write up and asked about the existence of a "violence in the workplace" policy. The policy states there is zero tolerance for violence in the workplace but the general manager supported the actions of my supervisor and that there was just grounds for giving me a disciplinary warning. I was then suspended without pay for a period of 5 days.
Have I been wronged by my employer or am I being troubled about this incident because it has damaged my sense of dignity.
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Can you tell me if you are an at-will employee or if you have an employment contract with your employer?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

This is "at will" employment and the suspension from work was without pay.

Thanks for the additional information; I will get back to you shortly.
Hello Aura,

Unfortunately, as an at-will employee, you can be suspended (or terminated) at any time for any reason with or without any prior notice.

This stems from the employment at-will doctrine, which is codified in California Labor Code Section 2922 and states:

"An employment, having no specified term, may be terminated at
the will of either party on notice to the other. Employment for a
specified term means an employment for a period greater than one

So, unfortunately, while the action is unethical, immoral, and wrong, it is legal.

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