I feel embarrassed at work.

My technology lead keeps saying ‘If I dont finish my work I wont be allowed to
go home.’. I was told I cant go see my wife the following week if I dont finish
work which isnt from the current sprint. This happened even after taking prior
permission from my scrum master. I feel like I am in a school again with all

Asked on April 6, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Washington


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Do you have any available PTO (i.e. vacation or sick days). If so, while an employer generally has the discretion has to when a worker can specifically take it, the employee must be allowed to use it at some point since such time is considered to be a form of compenstion and so to not let a worker ever use it is the same as not paying wages that have been earned. That having been said, if you have no PTO, then your employer can absolutely make you work through time that it had previously approved for you to be off. The fact is that unless you have an employment contract/union agreement to the contrary or this action constitutes some form of legally actionable discrimination, your company can set the conditions of your employment much as it sees fit.

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