Can an employer add extra job duties not covered in my interview or job description?

I started working for a company and during the interview I was told that other duties as assigned was light clerical, intake, phones. Over the last 1.5 months I went from being a driver for families to moving furniture which I shouldnt be moving because it paralyzes me, picking up food from outside organization, picking up donations. These are things that are getting in the way of what I was actually hired to do. I was handed a revised job description in a meeting without even being consulted first as to whether I was willing or able to

perform those duties and with no additional compensation. I’m stressed, overworked and don’t get to take breaks including lunch. I feel as though I’m being harassed and all of a sudden I can’t seem to do anything right. I had an argument with my supervisor recently about not being able to take bathroom breaks, lunch and it led to me using the fucking word and yelling because he started yelling at me. There have been many things going on and I’m so stressed that I can’t sleep.

Asked on September 10, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Unless you have an employment contract (or union agreement) that guarantees your job duties, then you have no claim here. The fact is that a business can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, your employer can add extra job duties and for no additional compensation. If you refuse to take on this added responsibility, you can be terminated. In fact, you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Unless you have an employment contract (or union agreement) that guarantees your job duties, then you have no claim here. The fact is that a business can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, your employer can add extra job duties and for no additional compensation. If you refuse to take on this added responsibility, you can be terminated. In fact, you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.


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