Can a employer make you supply your own computer for their programs?

I’m in sales and my employer recently started making us use a customer management system. I’ve been here for 3 years and we just started it last month. My employer told me that I had to buy my own computer to use for this new system or he would have to let me go. Is this fair or legal?

Asked on September 26, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Acually, this is legal. The fact is that most employment is "at will" which means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. This includes having a worjer buy whatever tools, equipment, etc. is necessary for them to perform their job duties. The exception to this is if an employment contract or union agreement provides otherwise (also no form of actionable discrimination can be the reason for the employee's treatment).

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