Is my employer allowed to add more job responsibilities that are not in my job description to my work duties without additional pay?

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Is my employer allowed to add more job responsibilities that are not in my job description to my work duties without additional pay?

I have been working for a company for 2 years as a manager and I have never gotten to take a vacation. I ask for vacation and they stated that there is a blackout during the holidays no one can take off. I was never paid for my holiday days last year either. Also, I was recently given an assignment where other managers have to report to me, but I am in the same level as the other managers. I was not given additional pay for that Is there anything I can do or do they have the right to say and do whatever they feel?

Asked on December 13, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have an employment contract or union agreement that gives a higher rate of pay for performing additional duties, as well as issuing holiday pay, you have no claim here. The fact is that most work arrangements are "at will". This means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of actionable discrimination). This includes what wage to pay a worker and whether or not to provide paid holidays.

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