Spokane, WA asked in Employment Law for Washington

Q: cpr class scheduled during my normal sleep time against the law?

so i work nights and my employer has scheduled a cpr class during the time I'm supposed to be sleeping and I'm supposed to work a 12 hour shift that night can he fire me if i don't show up to the class, this is in Washington state if that helps

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A: Assuming you're over the age of 18, your employer can require you to attend both the class and your shift. There are no federal laws that mandate any break times or sleep times, but if this becomes a repeated issue, you should discuss your concerns with your supervisor and request that meetings or training periods be offered at multiple times.

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Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Washington is at-will employment state, which means that employers do not need to establish cause or give notice before firing an employee. That being said, it is against the law for an employer to fire or retaliate against an employee for discussing or filing a complaint about a violation of their protected rights. Ultimately, an employer can fire an employee for refusing to work or refusing to attend a required class without violating an employee protection law.

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