If there is a power outage at your location, can the employer name you go work at another store?

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If there is a power outage at your location, can the employer name you go work at another store?

I work at a retail pharmacy. The power has been out since yesterday due to high winds. This morning I

spoke with the pharmacist. Asked if she wanted me to come in. Said not needed. Later I told her I was

going to go do somethings and if I did then I would be out of contact for a bit. I then said I would see her on my next scheduled shift. She said okay. Now her supervisor wants me and the night shift girl to go work at another store. I took it as agreed I was off today.

Asked on March 9, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract/union agreement or in some way constitutes legally actionable discrimination, you have to work at the other location. The reason is that in an "at will" work arrangement, a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. If you disagree with this mandate, then you can refuse to go in but risk termination.


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