I hope this message finds you well, present circumstances excluded. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of employment law
experience. It is a pleasure to assist you tonight.
If you do not have an employment contract
that states to the contrary, then you are employed at will
. This means you can be legally terminated for any reason or no reason at all - unless the termination
is rooted in discrimination
based on race, gender, age or handicap.
In the present case, the administration can tell you to work this 6 week period of you may face termination. However, in so doing, they must also compensate you for this new work assignment.
So, in conclusion, they can do this but they must compensate you at the same rate that you are being paid at currently.
I wish I had better news for you, but I want you to know the legal reality of the situation.
Let me know if you have any other questions. Please rate my answer positively as well if you have gained knowledge from the answer.
Best wishes going forward!