I wanted to know what laws govern employee duties?

If let’s say a manager at a national retail chain wants an employee to massage his/her feet or give a pedicure, or something bizarre like this. What laws govern these type of employee duties situations. This is for

Asked on March 9, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

There is no law against having an employee perform personal tasks for an employer--picking up dry cleaning, for example, is one not-uncommonly required of employees. The employer, after all, decides what they want to employ and pay the employee for. But there are laws against sexual harassment. Massages and the like could easily be sexual harassment. So an employer can the employee do errands for him or her, but having an employee do the things you describe could easily result in a sexual harassment discrimination.


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