What are my rights while working at my boss’s home?

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What are my rights while working at my boss’s home?

I am working for a large multinational but in a small sales office. I was hired with the intent that I would be working out of my immediate bosse’s house for a short period and we would relocate to an office. It has been almost 2 years and I am still at his house. We have started to have problems (arguments and hostile environment) and it has made it extremely uncomfortable to work each day out of his house. In larger office it might be tolerable but in his house it creates a very unfair situation.

Asked on January 12, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, you may not really have any rights:

1) An employer can set or determine the place of employment--including being at the boss's home.

2) As long as he is not discriminating against you on the basis of a protected category (that is, you're not being discriminated against due to race, religion, age over 40, sex or disability), the law does not require an employer to be nice to, not argue with, etc. his employee. The environment may be "hostile," but many workplaces are--and except when it's illegal discrimination, there's nothing illegal about it.

Sometimes, when a job is bad, there is no legal option or recourse, unfortunately.


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