Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
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Unless you are a union member (where there is an employment contract between the union and the employer) or you have a specific written contract regarding your employment with your employer (you would have received and signed it when you were hired) then you are what is legally called an "employee at will" and that means that the employer can use you in any manner that it sees fit (including increasing your job duties) and the employer can hire or terminate you for any reason or no reason at all. "At will" employees are truly at the whim of their employer legally to the extent that most people do not realize (the only time an employer must give a reason for termination is when an ex employee applies for unemployment benefits and the employer must give a reason for the layoff or termination to the unemployment department). The only recourse that you might have is regarding the number of hours that you are being paid for -- if you are an hourly employee and you are "on call" in such a manner that the obligation keeps you ready to work at any time and you are unable to do things like take a vacation away from being on call then you may have a valid wage and hour complaint that you can make to the US federal Department of Labor -- and my suggestion is that you contact the local office of the US Department of Labor regarding your duties and on call status because they can and will help you to determine if the facts of your situation warrant that you should be getting paid more money for some or all of these hours that you are on call for your employer. Here is a link to their website so you can connect to your local office in Texas:
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