I was just suspended without pay for a week! The cause is due to leaving the office early one day. I did ask permission, and was told they'd rather not due to the coverage being uncertain that day. Once I was at work, it was extremely slow. My work was complete, and the office with sufficiently covered with two staff - the normal coverage for any day. The two people I was working with suggested I leave for the day, and once assured the day was going well and my co-workers were fine, I decided to leave at 1:30 that afternoon. What do you think of this one? My title is "office manager" and I managed the office so that my absense would not be detrimental in any way. Shouldn't I have simply been talked to and possibly "written up" before such a heavy disciplinary action? I have only had one meeting with our board (a municipal Board of Selectmen) prior to this for a different minor infraction (misunderstanding, cleared up verbally) in 2007, then was promoted in 2008...I am sooo confused! Can I fight this???