Frisco, TX asked in Employment Law for Texas

Q: I am a full-time salaried employee. My company does not offer sick days. Sick days and personal days are lumped PTO.

I have used all PTO hours for 2022. PTO hours will be renewed 1/1/23. My boss deliberately came to work sick after returning from Disney World. Admittedly, sick for over a week without socially distancing, in fact, standing over my shoulder in my office. On 12/6/22 I woke up sick. I notified my boss that I would be late if at all. I got the vibe I should go to the office. I was just informed that the company is deducting my pay for the 3 hours missed. I know the only reason I got sick and am still sick, is because my boss infected me. What grounds or labor laws do I have to contest? Thank you!

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: You can threaten to quit your job unless your employer pays you for the three hours you missed.

Like most US states in most occupations, Texas has a rule called “employment at will.”

That rule allows you to leave your employment for almost any reason. This would be a reason.

Given the current labor market, your employer likely would pay you for the three hours rather than expend the cost to hire and train a new employee.

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