I af I’m being forced to work mandatory overtime on my days off, is this legal?

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I af I’m being forced to work mandatory overtime on my days off, is this legal?

I work for a grocery chain at a warehouse. I’ve been forced to work 70 hours per week. We are being told warehouses that they are exempt from giving days off because they’re

Asked on July 8, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violates the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, having you work these hours is legal. The fact is that most work arrangments are "at will" which means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit, absent any form of legally actionble discrimination. Further, most employees can be made to work as many hours/days in a row as they are scheduled. Accordingly, so long as you are being paid overtime for all time that you work over 40 hours in your work week, you have no claim.

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