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I have been work for a company for just over a year. We’ve had 4 directors in that period of time come and go. When I was hired I told the current director that I would be in school 1 day a week but I would be happy to make up the time either in the evening or on the weekend. That was approved and everything was fine. I myself am a director of activities and have 3 people under me, so at no time is the work not being accomplished. We now have another new director and she has informed me that I can either step down to assistant director, with a large pay cut that I cannot afford or I can resign. I just interviewed a person to be my assistant last week and offered her the job. In the conversation with the director today, she asked if this person I hired would be good to take my job. Really! The director said that since I do not have it in writing that I can have the day off to take my class, then I must choose a demotion or resign. My thought is that since this has been going for a full year with no problem and each director has had no problem with it, that that consitutes approval with the company. One of those directors came directly from corporate headquarters. Am I wrong to be able to keep my job?
Asked on September 22, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Florida
M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 5 years ago | Contributor
A company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes changing an employee's schedule. Therefore, unless you have protection against such a change by virtue of the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, you have no claim here. Also, your treatment must not be the result of any form of legally actionable discrimination. At this point, your options are to comply with the schedule change, complain about it and risk termination, or quit.
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