I was transferred to a different department within the same company. Is it legal to be called to help out in my previous department?

I was transferred to a different
department within the same
company. Is it legal to be called
to help out in my previous
department?

Asked on May 14, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Most employment is "at will", which means that an employer can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit. This includes transferring an employee to another department. For their part, an employee can comply with the transfer, complain about it and risk termination, or quit. The only exceptions to the foregoing would be if the employee has protection against this under company policy or the terms of an employment contract or union agreement. Also, their treatment must not be the result of some form of legally actionable discrimination.


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