Does my employer have the right to not adjust my work schedule if I am attending college?

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Does my employer have the right to not adjust my work schedule if I am attending college?

I am attending college to get my masters degree. I started earning this degree

before I started working for this employer. I was working in a position that was

not in conflict with my schooling schedule but that is no longer the case. I now work in a position that works 6 to 7 days a week. I requested to have at least 1 day off to focus on term papers but was told no. Is this legal?

Asked on March 10, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violates company policy or the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, or it constitutes legal discrimination, there really isn't anything that you can do. The fact is that most employment relationships ar "at will". This means that a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit. This includes who to schedule to work and when. Unfortunately your only recourse here is to comply, complain (and risk termination) or quit.


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