Can my job force me to ship a customers purchased items not on company time and with my own money?

I left a customers item out of her bag
and my manager forcing me to ship the
customers items to her home address on
my own time and I have to pay for it on
my own. Is this legal?

Asked on January 8, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska


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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have protection under the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, you are an "at will" worker. This means that you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. So while your employer can't physically force you to do what you describe, it you don't you can be terminated.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

They can in the sense that unless you have a written employment contract protecting or guarantying your job, you are an employee at will and could be fired over this. So your employer can make you choose between correcting this at your own cost or losing your job.

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