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  • Suspended without pay week after incident. Colorado

    Background: I am a delivery driver (residential) and have worked with the company for ten years...eight of which were as a supervisor... I stepped down a year ago to cut back hours.

    On last Monday morning I hit a personal vehicle while on the job...it was a flat black vehicle on a curve that was roughly 2 feet off the curb line...keep in mind this is in the dead of night. This was my first offense. I was /am aware of proper protocal so I called the police and my supervisor. The officer ran my license and after seeing the overall situation let me go WITHOUT A TICKET. I was told by my supervisor I was facing a three day suspension without pay...news to me. As a supervisor for the same company I have dealt with numerous vehicles accidents and not one did we suspend anyone...at times we told them they were but that was due to a positive drug test...which in this case mine was negative. So I was allowed to return to work the next day (and finished the shift in question as well) and finish the next three days of work to complete the work week... I was informed I would be suspended sometime this upcoming week because "they are short staffed so it will on their terms". It will be a full calendar week or more and this isn't normally done... I know... I dealt with it. Can they do that? I know Colorado is a at-will state and either party can end the relationship at anytime. I have misplaced my employee handbook but will obtain a new one this evening...as far as I know there is nothing mentioned concerning such a suspension.

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    Yes, they can do that. Even if it's not in the handbook.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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    • #3
      Yes, they can do that unless you have a binding employment contract or CBA to the contrary.
      Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

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      • #4
        Okie dokie... I was most concerned with the idea of allowing a certain amount of time to pass before the suspension...but if it's within their rights as an employer then that's that.

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        • #5
          Yep, it's within their rights. Sorry it wasn't the answer you wanted to hear.
          Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

          Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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