Q: I work in the hotel that I am living in with my family can I be kicked out for leaving the property after work?

I am living with my husband in two small children in a hotel i was paying daily then I started working here for a room for me and my family. I do not get paid I stay here for no cost i work 7 days a week. the manager has been messaging me making me feel kind of uncomfortable chose to ignore it and had started treating me badly. He has banned every person that has came to see me here man or woman for no reason and now he has told me that I am no longer allowed to have any company here at all unless it is immediate family. And also I am no longer allowed to leave the property unless I am picking up my children from school or going to a store and then I have to make accommodation through them to be able to go and I have a 2 hour time limit toll in a day that I can be gone so if it takes me an hour to pick up my daughter and an hour to drop off my daughter then I ran out of time and I can't leave again. I have no choice but to listen in fear of being homeless with my kids. what can I do?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: I'm deeply concerned about your situation. Based on what you've described, it seems you may be facing potential labor and housing violations, as well as potential harassment. It is crucial to document all interactions, messages, and any incidents with the manager. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires compensation for work, and working without pay could be a violation. Additionally, undue restrictions on your movement might infringe upon your personal rights. You should seek legal counsel immediately to understand and assert your rights. Local legal aid organizations may offer assistance if financial constraints are a concern. The safety of you and your family is paramount; consider contacting local shelters or organizations for immediate assistance if necessary.

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