Do I have any recourse if I was denied a personal day off for the anniversary of my daughter’s death?

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Do I have any recourse if I was denied a personal day off for the anniversary of my daughter’s death?

I asked for a personal day on a Friday the 5th. before a long weekend. I am a teacher and I know they frown on this. However, I cannot control that my daughter died on the 5th 4 years ago. As this was not tragic enough, it is her sister’s

birthday. To celebrate her and her sister’s life, just the 2 of us go off on our own for a few days, to grieve and to celebrate, to simply be. I explained all this, assuming there would be compassion but was denied. I am at a loss as I never expected this. It is my first year at a new school, which means they do not need a reason not to renew my contract. I imagine I have no rights, I guess I just wanted someone to know how heartless a school of all things can be.

Asked on September 29, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, New Hampshire

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

I feel for your situation but unless such an action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, you have no recourse here. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will" which means that an employer can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionalbe discrimination).


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