Is it legal to work an 8 hour shift worker 16 hours in a day?

Asked on October 12, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, New York


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Only certain professions have a legal cap on just how many hours a worker can be scheduled to work e.g. airline pilots, certain medical professionals and the like. Otherwise, unless you have protection under a union agreement, employment contract or company policy, your employer is doing nothing illegal. Additionally, your treatment must not be due to actionable discrimination or retaliation. The fact is that in an "at will" employment relationship, an employer can set the terms and conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. For their part, an employee can either comply with their employers request and risk termination or they can quit. While seemingly unfair, it is the law.

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