Can my employer force me to work during my court order visitation?

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Can my employer force me to work during my court order visitation?

I am order to pick up my children every other weekend this is the only time I get to see my children. I have brought the court documentation in and they are forcing me to work during these times. If I am unable to pick up my children and spend time with them as ordered then I will be in contempt. Is there anything I can do about this?

Asked on September 21, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that an employer is not bound by court orders to which it is not a party. Accordingly, it can require its employees to work when it deems appropriate. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will". This means that absent some form of legally actionable discrimination or an employment contract/union agreement to the contrary, a business can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. 


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