(Closed) Would you tell your boss that you refuse to work on a Sunday?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 4
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

What type of work do you do? I can’t see that the work load is that extreme that you would have to work without a break. Would you get overtime?  Does he plan on giving you a day off, or making you work 13 days straight?  Its not a law that they have to observe holidays and/or religious days, but I would bring it up to him.

Post # 5
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper


What do you do?  I have to get into that line of work! lol.  I’ve been out of work for a year!

Post # 6
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it’s hard in a modern workplace to absolutely refuse to work on Sunday.  However, I think you can compromise.  Perhaps you can work one Sunday, and not the next.  Or only one Sunday a month. 

Post # 7
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

@pamplemousse:  The problem for you is that tons of people who don’t regularly attend church or observe the sabbath will use it as a cop out to avoid having to do extra work.  So, I actually think chances are pretty high that it will cross your boss’ mind. Especially if you are in a job where it is almost expected that you will work crazy hours.  I used to work at an investment bank on wall street and we worked weekends all the time, no questions asked, because that’s what we knew we signed up for. But, that doesn’t mean you should be forced to work when it doesn’t match up with your religious beliefs.  The good news is, that even if your boss thinks you are just “copping out” there is nothing he can do about it. You can’t get in trouble for refusing to compromise your religious beliefs.

Post # 8
4512 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It’s definitely fine, IMO. I just think that most people don’t bother to say anything, which is why your boss is assuming people don’t mind working on Sunday. We have a Jewish person in our office who leaves early on Friday and can’t ever work on Saturday. Even if we have mandatory meetings on Friday afternoon, he cannot attend. It’s not a big deal, and everyone understands. 

Post # 10
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@MrsSl82be:  If it is a “sincerely held religious belief” (I believe this is the actual wording), her employer must accomodate her requests, unless they can prove it would cause undue hardship.  Otherwise, it’s discrimination.  Here’s a link.

OP – Unless you actually don’t want to work Sundays because you are observing the Sabbath (and unless that’s your motivation and NOT because you just don’t want to put in more overtime), I would reiterate to your boss you prefer not to work Sundays and leave it at that.  You could possibly opening up a huge can of worms and in the end, you could be required to work Sundays anyway, if they really needed your help. 

Post # 11
46263 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You need to review both labor law and other legislation where you live. Are there no limits on how many hours per week you can be scheduled to work?

Here in Canada, employers cannot discriminate on the basis of religion, and some employees have won cases where they did not want to be scheduled to work on their holy days.

I do have to smile whenever I read discussions on this topic however. Most people have no problem with nurses, doctors, police, firefighters and for that matter retail clerks being scheduled to work Sundays. People expect to have all those services available on THEIR  day off.

Post # 12
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Has this ever happened before or is this the first time that you’ve been asked to come in on the weekend?  If it is the first time, I would go to church early and then suck it up and go into work after Church.  I would just make sure working on Sunday didn’t become a weekly thing.  Sometimes, I have to work on weekends, which I hate, when I have a project deadline that needs to be met.

Post # 13
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@pamplemousse: Saturday is a day that anyone who is Jewish would not be allowed to work. I think it’s totally valid to not be able to work on weekends for religious reasons.

Post # 15
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@pamplemousse: He said “we’ll see?” I’d tell him to shove it and as far as I’m concerned, Saturdays are off limits too!

Post # 16
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i wouldn’t pull out religion unless that’s actually your intention.

i would demand comp time though!

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