Can an employer force you to move to a different city in order to keep your job?

I was hired as an at-home worker. Now, after a year or so, my employer has decide to hire new in-house staff and require all employees to work in the office no matter where they live now. Can they legally do that?

Asked on October 25, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Do you have an union agreement or employment contract that provides otherwise? Does this move violate existing company policy? Is this treatment the result of actionable discrimination? If not, then in an at will work relationship your employer can dictate the terms of employment much as it sees fit; and this includes job transfers and relocations. If you disagree with this your are free to quit. However, if you don't move your employer can terminate you , and without notice.

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