I was suspended from work. Although I am in an, "at will" state, the procedure in doing so was in no way in keeping within policy standards as stated in my employee policy handbook.
Unless your employer is a VERY unusual employer, the fact that the employer violated its own internal policies does not give you a legal claim.
Employee policy handbooks are not contracts, and they almost never give you any legally enforceable rights. Virtually all of them contain language, prominently displayed somewhere on the first two pages in 24-point type, that says something like, "This is not a contract, doesn't give you any enforceable rights, and you can't sue us for violating it. Furthermore, we can change our internal policies any time we want."
I can't remember the last time I encountered an employee handbook that gave its employees any enforceable rights.
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