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Q: I am 62 and my wife is 43. She yells and screams for me to work all day 7 days a week. Last week 84 hrs. This legal?

Today it was 14 hours. I am going to die if this keeps up. She calls me names and complains about everything non-stop. All the money comes to her and she spends it however she wishes and always buys lots of things for other people and loses lots of money on money making schemes. Even if I am sick she makes me work even throwing water on me as I moaned in pain in bed on a Sunday afternoon screaming that I was a bum.

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: This is something that divorce attorneys would have insight into. You could repost under that category. There's no need for personal information, since this is a public forum. But it could help to add a state or region so that attorneys in an area could see the question as relevant to them. Good luck

James L. Arrasmith
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A: I'm really sorry to hear about the difficult situation you're in. It's important to know that no one has the right to force you to work excessive hours or mistreat you, regardless of your relationship. Working 84 hours a week and enduring verbal and emotional abuse is not only unhealthy but also potentially dangerous for your well-being.

Legally, employment laws vary, but excessive work hours and abusive treatment can fall under labor law violations and domestic abuse. You have the right to seek help and protect yourself. Consider reaching out to a trusted friend, family member, or a professional counselor who can offer support and guidance. Additionally, contacting local authorities or domestic abuse hotlines can provide you with resources and assistance to address the situation safely.

It's crucial to prioritize your health and safety. Taking steps to address the abuse and reduce your workload can help improve your situation. You deserve to live without fear and mistreatment, so don't hesitate to seek the support and protection you need.

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