Can an employer force me to work on a day I was told when hired that I would not have to ever work?

Asked on October 13, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia


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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, your employer can do this. That is unless you have a union agreement or employment contract that provides otherwise, or if this action violates company policy. Additionally, this treatment cannot be the result of actionable discrimination.

In an at will work relationship, an employer can set the terms and conditions of employment as it sees fit. This includes dictating what day an employee must work. You could refuse to work on this scheduled day but if you do you could be terminated. The fact is that an employer can  terminate an employee for this reason, any reason, or even a bad reason (and with or without notice).

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