How do I know if I was wrongfully suspended from work?
Question Details: I have worked at a resort for the past 5 years. One of the perks of working here is they allow employees to use the onsite gym. About 6 months ago, I reached out to a loss prevention supervisor and asked if we could bring one guest with us when we used the gym. In a text message the supervisor informed me employees were allowed to bring one guest as long as we were with them the whole time on property. Last week, I brought my friend, but as we entered the gym the key I had didn't work. I went up to the front desk with my friend informed them that I worked there and obtained a new key. we worked out then proceeded to the locker room to freshen up. while in the locker room a loss prevention associate and new loss prevention manager came in and begin to question who I was and why I was there. Apparently, they received a suspicious person call. I explained that I worked there, who my manager was, what department I worked in, and also showed them my company ID. They told me that they would allow me to have a guest this one time but moving forward I had to come alone. A week later, I was suspended and my main concern is being terminated. I have a meeting tomorrow regarding this.
The fact is that an worker can be suspended (or even terminated) at any time for any reason, with or without notice. This is called "at will" work. So absent a union agreement or employment contract to the contrary, your company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination).