Can I be fired for refusing to continue doing job duties that are not part of my job description?

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Can I be fired for refusing to continue doing job duties that are not part of my job description?

I was hired by Colusa County Library 3 yrs ago to become the Literacy Coordinator III. I was informed that because I did not have a degree, I would have to be hired as a Library II/Literacy Coord II, but would be doing the dutires of a literacy coordinator III. I was told upon hire that in 6 mos. I would be reclassified and compensated as the Literacy Coordinator III. It has now been 3 yrs. Is it legal for me to refuse to do any other duties that what my job description state and that I am compensated for? Thank you.

Asked on June 3, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Well, until they actually change your position, you do what a II does, not a III.  In terms of your responsibilities, and job change, why didn't you approach them 2.5 years ago?

California is an at-will employment state.  Unless you are under a union or collective bargaining agreement or something, you can be fired with or without cause.  Your best bet:

Contact the California Dept of Industrial Relations: http://www.dir.ca.gov/


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