Post # 1
A friend is asking for some help on the legalities of this situation and I know we have a lot of legal bees.
The union at her work is looking at striking but she is management/non-union. Work is trying to force her into coming into work and cancelling all plans- eventhough she has spent money for the coming weekend which is non-refundable and out of town during this time (and obv not something she wants to miss). They said that since she didn’t buy a plane ticket, she has to cancel all plans. Are they able to legally force her to cancel everything and force her to work overtime when they don’t actually know if the workers are going to strike or not? They’re saying if they don’t strike, then she can still keep her plans.
So legal bees, what’s the answer?
Post # 3
I’m not a legal bee, but I’m pretty sure that no job is allowed to force you to work OT and you can contact the labor department to report them. I’m sure other bees may have better/more detailed advice than this.
Post # 4
Where do you live? Depending on the country the rules/laws could vary….
For instance, I live in the US and live in an “employee at will” State, which basically means that the employer can let me go for any reason (other than discrimination). If they request that I come in on the weekend and I say no, they can let me go.
My husband works in Canada, and it is a lot harder to let someone go. So it depends….
Post # 5
I’m not a legal bee, but my job has mandatory 24/7 on call for us, and we have to clear any times we are unavailable to work with management. It depends on the employment contract, the responsibilities she agreed to, as well as where she lives. She should consult an employment lawyer in her state/province rather than trying to get anonymous people on the internet to give advice.
Post # 6
@abbie017: Agreed but I don’t think she knows anyone there and I thought maybe she could start here for a few pointers.
Post # 7
@jpalm13: Pennsylvania is an “at will” state.
Most people in the U.S. work “at will” (except for union members or employees with an employment contract). That means that we can be fired at our boss’ will. Without a legal contract, we can be disciplined or fired for any reason, or no reason at all.
Post # 8
@CanAmBride: Did not know that! Thanks!