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I got into a heated argument with a coworker last week that ended up in a fist fight. We started arguing in the parking lot after he cut me off to get a better parking spot before starting the shift. I'm usually a pretty level headed easy going guy so it takes a lot to wind me up but I was already having a bad day. I eventually managed to shrug it off, found another parking spot, and went into work. He just wouldn’t let it go and got more verbally offensive as the day went on so I finally told him we could step outside during lunch and figure it out. We met in the parking lot of a small strip mall in front of the company and had it out. I wouldn't even call it a fight because we ended up throwing more words around than actual fists. It was over as quick as it started and I went back to work but wasn’t allowed to punch back in. The manager told me I was suspended until further notice. That happened a few days ago but I still haven’t heard anything back the manager or HR dept. I've been with the same company for over 2 years and would hate to get fired for making such a stupid mistake. Can they fire me for fighting during my lunch time and off company property?


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A fellow Jobcaser

You weren't on company time or property for the fight, however threats (including implied physical violence) were made on company property and time. That's probably what you were suspended for.

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based on your conduct or code of conduct by the company's policies, your may have violated the company's code of conduct rules. However, your counterpart should have been suspended also.

Cherie Mae Sumimba

Hi, i am sorry for what happened to you. I'm a cool headed person too, but sometimes when its too much for me too handle tend to fight back. I am not saying that what you did was right, although i can't blame you. Even if its lunch time and you off the company property, still everyone or the company recognizes you as thier employee and perhaps they were thinking that you might harm the company's reputation because of you what you did. Why dont you go and talk to the hr about the situation so won't have to wait for...not even sure if you still have your job or lost it already.

William Agnew

It is a criminal offense to physically fight. It doesn't matter where it occurred. Just as if one gets a DWI or commits a felony, but on their personal time.