if i have scheduled off 2 weeks in advance for a High school trip, am i legally obligated to miss my trip to work those days?

I am an 18 year old high school student. I requested a weekend off work for a
class trip and was told that i would not get it off even though it is a class
trip i have already paid for and will be receiving a grade on. I have a letter
from my teacher explaining about the trip. My work place has told me my request
offs have been ‘excessive’.

Asked on March 27, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have the right to take this time off under the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, then you are an "at will" worker. This means that your employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit, absent some form of actionable discrimination. Accordingly, they can deny you this time off. The fact that it is school related is of no relevance (at least insofar as your employer is concerned). Further, if you take this time off without permission, you can be terminated.

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