Is it legal for a company to have you to come in on your day off to cover somebody’s shift and then have you leave early on 1 of your scheduled work days so that you don’t get any more hours?

Asked on November 22, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have protection against this via the terms of an employment contract, union agreement or company policy, it is perfectly permissable for your employer to do this. Also, your treatment must not constitue any form of actionable discrimination or retlaliation (but the limited the facts given don't suggest this).
The fact is that in an at will employment relationship a company can set the terms and condtions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes who to schedule and when.

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