Lockwood, MO asked in Employment Law for Missouri

Q: In Missouri, can an employer force me to work a certain day - that’s my dayoff - with only five days notice?

Halloween for personal reasons I will be a crying mess. I didn’t ask it off specifically because it’s my usual day off and I just found out a couple days ago that I have to work that day. And they’re threatening to write me up if I don’t show. Do I have any protection? Recourse?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: Unfortunately, your only recourse is to find other employment because no statute prevents the employer’s actions. You’ll have to decide whether not showing up is worth potentially getting fired or otherwise disciplined. Maybe you can find a Halloween party on another day.

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