Good morning Robert,
Thank you for clarifying that for me.
Under CA Wage Order number 4, section 3L, which I am linking you to below, no employer, with the exception of emergencies, may force a salaried exempt worker to work beyond 72 hours in a workweek if they object to doing so.
More specifically, "(L) No employee shall be terminated or otherwise disciplined for refusing to work more than 72 hours in any workweek, except in an
emergency as defined in Section 2(D).
Here is the link:
Aside from that limitation, CA employers are not limited in demanding that their employees work excessive hours.
So, if you have worked at least 72 hours in the workweek already, and you are asked to work additional hours and there is not a bone fide emergency, then you are free to refuse and your employer may not terminate you, discipline you or otherwise retaliate against you.
What that means is that until you hit that 72 hour mark in a given work week, your employer may ask you to work beyond your normally scheduled work day, and if you do refuse to go in, you are at risk of discipline for the refusal. I'm sorry.
You may reply back to me again, using the Reply to Expert link, if you have additional questions.
I wish you the best in your future,