Can my employer refuse to let me use my PTO?


Asked on March 24, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Connecticut


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You have to be allowed to use your earned PTO. Since an employer is not legally mandated to provide such time(state law to the contrary), it has a great deal of discretion over when and how it is used. Consequently, it can say when you can schedule vacation days (e.g. not during the busy season), use sick days (e.g. must provide a doctor's note), etc. That having been said, subject to those restrictions, you have to be able to use these days. If you are not allowed to do so, you are being denied compensation (as PTO is considered to be compensation). Accordingly, you can sue for the monetary value of such time or the court could order them to let you use your PTO. Additionally, you can contact your state's department of labor and file a wage complaint.

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