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What outside of work legal issue a employee is private to

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What outside of work legal issue a employee is private to employer
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 11 months ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

Can you tell me more about your situation?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Didn't make it to work Shell. Did not call till after required attendance time. Used personal emergency ad excuse. Need to know what I can keep private from work
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 11 months ago.

Ok, thank you.

You're not legally obligated to tell your employer why you were late for work. However, if you don't, they have a legal right to fire you. Employment is at will, and an employer has a right to terminate an employee at any time, even in right to work states like Texas. Not showing up or calling IS a valid reason for terminating someone, which means that if you have an excuse that would allow you to avoid being penalized, you have the burden of proving it. It comes down to whether keeping the information private is more important than your employer taking negative action against you. It could help to talk to someone in HR about their own confidentiality procedures before you proceed.

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Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 11 months ago.

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