Is there any recourse against an employer that pressures employees not to take PTO time?

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Is there any recourse against an employer that pressures employees not to take PTO time?

Asked on October 15, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Oklahoma

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

It depends what you mean by "pressure." If they don't let you make use of a benefit, PTO time, which you have earned, you could sue them for breach of contract, or violation of the agreement between you even if only an oral, or unwritten agreement that in exchange for working, you would receive certain benefits and compensation.
But if you mean trying to persuade or "guilt" you into not using PTO, or giving better duties, or raises, or promotions, etc. to those who use less time and work more, that is legal. Employers can decide to reward employees who are always there and to not reward those who take time off--and, in fact, there is fairly common in the corporate world. What they can't do is out and out prevent you from using your time, even though they can make it clear you're better off not using it.


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