After looking a long-weekend on a software project that needed to be out the client asap, I slept in on Monday morning (my schedule has no set hours). By the afternoon, I checked my e-mail and found this message from my employer...
"If we don't see you tomorrow we will interpret your absence as an indication that you have voluntarily terminated employment here and will proceed accordingly."
Several similar messages were found on my phone, saying "You will be fired if you are not in by 11:30." Needless to say, I certainly was not in the office by the required time, and only made contact with my employer by around 1 or 2 in the afternoon.
If I failed to be in by the required time "or be fired," does that mean I was fired?
After giving me a disciplinarian speech about work ethics, my employer didn't make any further mention of my termination. Does that mean anything?
Many answers I've read here are: "You should get a lawyer." But for what? Besides emotional trauma, personal irritation, and stricter rules, I really haven't lost anything of material value.
Does the above count as termination, and if so, does that mean anything for me?