Can I be required to work mandatory overtime?

When I was hired I told them that I could only work a maximum of 40-45 hours per week. However, now I have been scheduled for 50 or more.

Asked on January 26, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Connecticut


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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Do you have protection against this mandatory overtime policy under the terms of an  employment contract or union agreement? If not, you have no claim here. The fact is that a business can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discriminaton). Therefore, you can be fired for not working all overtime that you are scheduled for. In fact, as an "at will" worker you can be terminated for no reason or any reason at all, with or without notice.

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