Four days ago I was on my way from Atlanta GA (my residence) to Columbus OH (the residence of my ex-wife and daughter) to attend a mandatory meeting with a caseworker from the Ohio Child Support agency. I received a written notice in the mail about the meeting approx. 6 weeks ago. I immediately informed my supervisor (Sergeant) that I would need to take 2 or 3 days off around Oct. 6th. One week ago I reminded my supervisor (in person) that I would need to take those days off (Oct. 4th, 5th, and 6th) and he said he understood. I reminded him again on Oct. 2nd and again he replied he was aware.
Tuesday morning at approx. 8am I received a text message from another supervisor (Lieutenant) stating I was classified as having quit my job, which I did not do. I asked why and was told that I was terminated for No-Call/No-Show on Oct. 4th. I replied that I had requested the time verbally when I spoke to the Sergeant. I checked the company handbook and all types of leave or reasons for time off are covered and most simply state to inform a supervisor (within a reasonable amount of time). I complained to the Lieutenant that the Sergeant had lied and I was fired as a result. He told me to contact the Sergeant. I attempted to do so but the Sergeant ignored or failed to reply to no less than 6 text messages within 2 days. I reported this to the Lieutenant who simply shrugged and offered little advice. To date, no investigation has been conducted even though the company handbook specifically says one will be conducted promptly when there is a complaint. As a resident of Georgia (at-will employment) do I have any legal options?