Can I be fired from my job for refusing to do work outside of my written job duty?

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Can I be fired from my job for refusing to do work outside of my written job duty?

I am a network engineer my job duty entails checking to make sure properties are online. Call back create and dispatch tickets that came in the previous night. However I am also tasked now informally by my employer to project manage new building installs, use personal vehicle for transportation for work related projects without reimbursement for gas mileage and wear and tear on my vehicle.

Asked on December 3, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If by "outside my written job duty" you mean that you have an employment contract specific to your work then you and the employer are bound by that contract.  If you are fired because of something that violates the contract then you should speak with an attorney. You would seem to have legal recourse against you employer.  However, if you mean that your job description does not include the duties that you are now being asked to perform but you are an employee at will, then maybe yes, you can be fired with out any recourse. Would it be possible for you to speak calmly and civilly and negotiate a deal here?  Good luck.


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