Can I be fired for being routinely late to meetings? 15 Answers as of May 23, 2014

I run around work all day and am regularly late to scheduled meetings due to my other duties. Is this grounds for termination?

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KEYL ADR Services, LLC | Mark D. Keyl
Yes it is. MS is an employment at will State, which means that you can be terminated for any reason that is not discriminatory. I would speak to your boss if other duties are conflicting with your meetings and ask him how you should prioritize your time.
Answer Applies to: Mississippi
Replied: 5/23/2014
Barton Barton & Plotkin
Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
Yes. Timeliness is a major issue for most employers and it is legitimate to terminate an employee who is routinely late.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/22/2014
Coane and Associates
Coane and Associates | Bruce Coane
If employment at will applies, an employer doesn't even need any grounds to terminate.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 5/21/2014
Law Office of Richard Winkler | Richard Winkler
Yes. Especially if it is frequent.
Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
Replied: 5/21/2014
WILLIAM L SANDERS, ATTORNEY AT LAW | William L. Sanders
Yes, in GA, an employer may fire you for this, or for anything else, so long as the discharge is not motivated by Race, Age, Sex, National Origin, Religion, Handicap Georgia recognizes the doctrine of employment at will. Employment at will means that in the absence of a written contract of employment for a defined duration, an employer can terminate an employee for good cause, bad cause, a mistaken cause, or no cause at all, so long as it is not an illegal cause. Illegal causes are limited in Georgia to the EEOC/Discrimination grounds: Race, Age, Sex,National Origin, Religion, Handicap If it is not on that list, it is not protected in GA. For more information: http://sos.georgia.gov/firststop/georgia_employers.htm Otherwise being routinely late to meetings would be one of these: good cause, bad cause, a mistaken cause, or no cause at all If I may give you some practical advice: Either find another job, or dedicate yourself to doing what the employer wants. Do not be late to meetings, instead show up early enough to be noticed. It appears that you can not follow your own agenda (doing your job well appears to be your agenda) and keep the employer happy. Do what ever it takes to make the employer not only happy, but pleased to keep you on as what they see as valued employee.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 5/21/2014
    S. Joseph Schramm | Joseph Schramm
    Pennsylvania is an "at will" employment state. This means that, absent a written employment contract, a collective bargaining agreement or the violation of some state or federal law, an employer does not need a reason to terminate an employee. Consequently, unless one of the aforementioned exceptions applies, your employer can fire you for being regularly late to meetings.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 5/21/2014
    Fox & Fox, S.C. | Richard F. Rice
    Yes, but an attorney would need more complete information to determine if is unreasonable or illegal to terminate you for being late for meetings.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 5/21/2014
    Strouse Legal Services | James C. Strouse
    Yes, make the meetings on time.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 5/21/2014
    Nancy Wallace, Attorney at Law
    Nancy Wallace, Attorney at Law | Nancy Wallace
    YES. That said, you can be fired for wearing a blue shirt, and nothing at all. California is an 'at will ' employment state. If the employer no longer has a 'will' that you work there, you don't work there any longer.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2014
    Gliszinski Law Office, LLC | Susan Gliszinski
    This is a very difficult question to answer without further information. Generally, an employer can terminate an employee for any reason or no reason, just not an illegal reason. What constitutes an illegal reason is complicated and requires further exploration of the facts surrounding your situation.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 5/22/2014
    Law Offce of Richard N. Grey | Richard N. Grey
    This is a simple question but requires a complex answer: There are a number of factors to be considered. If your employment is "terminable at will", the answer would likely be yes. If your employer has established disciplinary guidelines, this may impact on whether being late to meetings would be an appropriate basis for terminating your employment. Progressive disciplinary policy (verbal and written warnings, and an opportunity to correct your conduct) could also be a factor in the decision to terminate immediately. If you have any questions you should refer to the company's employee handbook, if one is available.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2014
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Yes, it could be. Actually if you are an at will employee you can be let go without any reason. Keep you boss happy.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/22/2014
    Joseph E. Blandford, Jr., Attorney at Law | Joseph E. Blandford, Jr.
    Yes, if you are an at-will employee. Under Kentucky law, unless you work for state or (local government in some cases), belong to a union, or have a written contract of employment you are an at-will employee. This means your employer can fire you for any reason, except Age, Race, Gender, Nationality or Handicap or for refusing to violate a law. It does not make a difference if the reason they fire you is mean spirited, petty, unfair, spiteful, irrational, stupid, uninformed, vindictive or simply wrong. They have the right to fire you.
    Answer Applies to: Kentucky
    Replied: 5/22/2014
    Law Offices of Linda Rose Fessler | Linda Fessler
    Yes, it is.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2014
    Law Offices of Charles R. Perry
    Law Offices of Charles R. Perry | Charles R. Perry
    I assume you are an at-will employee. Under this assumption, you can indeed be terminated for being regularly late for meetings or any other reason that is not unlawful (e.g., discrimination based on race, gender, religion, et cetera). Even if you could only be terminated for cause, being routinely late for meetings could in some cases constitute "cause" for termination. Most employees in California, however, are "at will" and fall within the first paragraph above.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2014
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