Can my employer force a mandatory parking space if you do not feel safe there?

My employer is making it mandatory to park in an area of the parking structure where there is no surveillance. I understand they are not liable for my property. Can they enforce a parking area where I do not feel myself or my property are safe?

Asked on July 6, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, they can do this. An employer can make essentially any rules for employment that it likes, and this includes designating where employees must park. The fact that you do not feel comfortable or safe parking there does not, unfortunately, matter--the employer can still require that you do this. If you do not, you may be disciplined, up to and including being terminated, unless you have a written contract protecting your job (without a contract, you are an "employee at will" and have essentially no job protection).


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