Is it OK for an employer to tell you you are not allowed to return to work until you speak to them?

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Is it OK for an employer to tell you you are not allowed to return to work until you speak to them?

Asked on November 2, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that in an "at will" employment relationship, an employer can set the terms and conditions of employment much as it sees fit or deems necessary. This includes having an employee drive 2 hours to meet with them. The fact is that if you don't go you can be terminated. Therefore, unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract, union agreement or company policy, you must comply with this request.
Note: Your treatment cannot constitute some form of discrimination or retaliation. If it does, then you may have a claim.


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