Can my employer deny my time off request for a federal court date?

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Can my employer deny my time off request for a federal court date?

I have federal court to finalize our bankruptcy and my employer stated they

were going to deny the request. I told them it’s for court and they said they

would see what they could do. I have heard nothing since and I have court

Monday the next day I work afternoon. Can they deny my time off for a couple

hours for court?

Asked on March 12, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Actually your employer can deny you time off in order to go to court. Absent a few states that require an employer to give employees time off for certain types of cases (e.g. domestic violence), your employer is within its legal rights to deny you such time. The fact is that most employment arrangements are what is known as "at will". This means that a company can set the conditons of employment much as it sees fit. So unless your treatment constitutes some form of actionable discrimination or violates a union agreement/employment contract, it is legal.


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