Made to work a Saturday without warning

Hello, I work in a Dr surgery 31 hours Mon-fri. I have just been sent an email

stating that I have to now work a Saturday morning as well, without any prior

warning as I have never been informed we do a Saturday morning surgery.

My contract states that they reserve the right to vary the starting finishing

times, provided that your working week of 31 hours is not exceeded. I am a

single Mum and get tax credits etc.

Asked on June 21, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You may have rights under your contract--check the exact terms of hte contract to see what rights you do in fact have under it--but you have no rights at law more generally. Except to the extent an enforceable written employment contract says otherwise, an employer may have an employee (single mom or not; being a single mom has no bearing on this issue) work any hours the employer wants, may increase or change hours at will (or decrease them, for that matter), and does not have to provide any prior notice or get employee consent. So you only have whatever rights your  contract gives you; if your contract is being violated, you could file a breach of contract lawsuit for compensation or to enforce the contract; but if you contract is not being violated, they can force you to work those hourse or be terminated.


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