Thank you for using JustAnswer. Generally speaking, yes. Employment in every state is "at will
". At-will employment means that without a contract, you have no contractual or other right to employment with the company. The company is entitled to fire you for any reason: a good reason, a poor reason, or no reason at all--as long as the company does not fire you for an illegal reason (race, gender, age, religion, etc...). But it extends beyond firing, to hiring, promotions
, demotions, wage
cuts and raises, disciplinary actions
, and even scheduling. Unless you can show that this was done in violation of a contract, union agreement, or a clear violation of an unambiguous and binding clause against the employer, or that it was done because of some minority status (age, race, gender, religion, disability) that you have, then they do have this discretion. Now if the employee has a contract or is part of a union himself/herself, then the express language of the contract or union rules might prohibit this. It could also be a violation of the union contract, and the company could have to answer for such a violation to the union. But it wouldn't be grounds for recourse by the employee if the employer terminated him/her. Now that being said, termination
for refusal to do something so outside of the job description would still make the person eligible for unemployment benefits
. It's not enough to constitute "misconduct" on the part of the employee for refusing to do this work that is not anywhere close to the job description or reasonable requirements of the job. But as far as any separate recourse against the company is concerned (except for the limited circumstances stated above) the company can do this. Hope that clears things up a bit. If you have any other questions, please let me know. If not, and you have not yet, please rate my answer AND press the "submit" button, if applicable. Please note that I don't get any credit for my answer unless and until you rate it a 3, 4, 5 (good or better). Thank you, ***** ***** luck to you!