Can an employer make you work days that you told them you could not work prior to starting your employment?

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Can an employer make you work days that you told them you could not work prior to starting your employment?

My wife told her job that she has currently before she was fully hired that she is not allowed to work Sundays. Her employer agreed to do so and not work my wife on Sundays. how ever there is a managerthere that made a comment of how she never works Sundays and now she was schedule a day of notice that she is working this upcoming Sunday.

Asked on February 23, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Arkansas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Without a written employment contract specifying the days your wife works, the employer may change her days or require her to work Sundays. Only a written employment contract limits the employer's right to change shifts, days worked, etc. at will.
However, if your wife's reason to not work Sundays is religious, then the employer has to honor that assuming that (as plainly seems to be the case) that there are other days your wife can work. Employers are required by law to make "reasonable accommodations" to an employee's religious practices; if the employer will not accommodate religious-based scheduling, your wife could contact the EEOC about filing a complaint.

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