What are my rights if I was hired into one role but asked to do another which has negatively impacted my career?

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What are my rights if I was hired into one role but asked to do another which has negatively impacted my career?

I joined GoDaddy as a Software Development Engineer in Test, but two weeks into joining the company I was given various responsibilities that were vague and unrelated to my main responsibilities of that role. This situation continued for 4 months and caused me to be put in high stress situations with what I felt was no guidance from management on what defined success in these roles. I have had back and forth with HR about this, because as a result I am now being put into a situation where my terms of employment have been altered. I want to know what kinds of rights do I have here. If there is clear evidence of the timeline of what happened, do I have some legal rights to state that there are some kind of legal damages here?

Asked on May 25, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Washington


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Do you have an employment contract or union agreement that locks in just what your job duties are? Does your treatment constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination? If not, then you are an "at will" worker. This means that your company cn set the conditions of your employment much as it sees fit. For your part, you can either accept all of your various job responsibilities, continue to complain about them but risk termination, or quit.

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