What are my rights regarding out of ton training?

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What are my rights regarding out of ton training?

I work for a retail chain and they want to send me for training, within driving distance. I do not wish to ride with just anyone from work. They are also stating that we must share a room with another co-worker and spend 2 nights. I have family in that town and do not wish to stay in a motel. They are paying our hourly wage to drive there and work our shift but not anything else. Can I drive myself and not ride with another co-worker? And do they have the right to tell me I have to share a room and cannot stay with family or go home?

Asked on March 22, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, New York

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that most employment is "at will". This means that an employer can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit. This includes whom an employee must ride with and where they must stay during an out of town assignment. Therefore, unless this action violates an employment contract/union agreement or constitutes some form of legally actionable discrimination, it is legal. If you fail to convince your employer otherwise, you must abide by its mandate or risk termination. 


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