Can my employer force me to relocate my work location?

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Can my employer force me to relocate my work location?

I have been working for my current employer for 3 1/2 years and was hired to work at a location that is 73 miles away from their headquarters because they wanted a person who lived locally to fill the position. A restructuring initiative was announced and there is a high probability that I will be required to begin reporting to the corporate headquarters which would add 3-4 hours of drive time between 2

different time zones. I am a single mother of a young child and cannot relocate nor can I add 3-4 hours of driving onto my daily schedule. Can they force me to report to the headquarters or voluntarily terminate or will they be required to offer a different position in my current geographic location?

Asked on February 3, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have an employment contract or union agreement that provides you protection against such a relocation, then you are an "at will" worker. This means that, absent legally actionable discrimination, your company can set the conditions of your employment much as it sees fit. This includes your relocation.


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