Can I be fired for refusing to work morning shift?

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Can I be fired for refusing to work morning shift?

On my application I put that I am available afternoons and nights. During the interview my manager and I agreed on night shift. Now my manager out of no where is starting to schedule me for morning shift. New Link Destination
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I’m a closer knowing that we agreed on nights and I am unavailable in the mornings. She is also repeatedly scheduling me to work with my husband on the same shift which is against policy.

Asked on September 25, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have an employment contract or union agreement which guarantees just what hours you are to be scheduled for, you have no legal claim here. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, you can be scheduled for whatever hours your employer deems appropriate. That having been said, while company policy is merely provodes guidelines for employees to follow, it can be changes at an employers discretion, However, if current policy is that spouses do not work together, then you need to report this again to HR and let them take action.

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