Boston, MA asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New Hampshire

Q: How long can my employer keep me on a mandatory unpaid leave not related to conduct?

First they put me on a pip out of the blue after 17 months of employment without warning, many of the details are for things that others do and things i have done throughout the duration of my employment. Ive done very well on the pip.

Recently they say someone found a bedbug and they are bringing in an exterminator. They then placed me on unpaid leave until their exterminator clears me of a bedbug issue because i live in a public building. I have lived in this building for the duration of my employment and theres never been an issue until i mentioned that the building had bed bugs. Now suddenly they say they have them too.

The leave is indefinite until i prove to them i have no bedbug issue by allowing their exterminator in, but the landlord does not allow outside exterminators.

What are my rights? Can i get unemployment? Can i get my 120+ paid time off? How long can they keep me on unpaid leave?

1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Kelly Levasseur
Joseph Kelly Levasseur
  • Manchester, NH
  • Licensed in New Hampshire

A: I would look first at the employee handbook to see what the policy is for being forced out of your job or put on unpaid leave and make sure they are following the procedures outlined in the handbook. If there is nothing in the handbook that protects you from this then you should call the Labor Department and let them know about this. I have never heard of anything so ridiculous.

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