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!
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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