Can a manager text employees to come in early?

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Can a manager text employees to come in early?

This is the second time my manager text me
through his phone to come in earlier than my
scheduled time. Do I have to show up if my
schedule said otherwise I am in the middle of
doing something. Especially since he
messages hours before my time not days. Also
am I allowed to tell him not to text me through
my phone? Cant he just call me through the
phones at work.

Asked on March 2, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have an employment contract or union agreement, you are an "at will" worker. This means that your company can set the conditions of your employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, you can be texted (or called on any phone) to come in earlier than your scheduled shift. Further, if you don't show you can be teminated In fact, you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have an employment contract or union agreement, you are an "at will" worker. This means that your company can set the conditions of your employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, you can be texted (or called on any phone) to come in earlier than your scheduled shift. Further, if you don't show you can be teminated In fact, you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. 


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