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Thank you for the information and your question. Yes, if you are an "at will" employee, with no contract that locks in your work schedule, then if the employer wants you to work and you use an excuse that would validate not coming into work, the employer has the right to have verification. If you refuse to show that verification or didn't have an appointment, the employer could count the absence as unexcused and take disciplinary action, including up to termination. That is, unfortunately, the nature of "at will" employment. You don't have to tell them what was wrong with you, just need to confirm you were where you said you would be.
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Thank you for your reply. Texas does not have any laws that limit how many hours a day or how many days a week an employee can be asked or directed to work. Some states limit the employer's ability to do that, but not Texas. So, it wouldn't matter how much you had worked or how fixed the schedule was, unless you have a contract, the employer is always free to change the terms and conditions of employment in an "at will" situation.
Should they, yes. Do they have to under the law, no. Many employers don't even have set schedules and just let their employees know the night before they have to work, that they are scheduled. But, even if there is a schedule in place, the employer can change it at the last minute and even call an employee in on the morning they need them. Not good management, but it is legal.
You're welcome. If you do believe that you are being targeted because of your gender, race, national origin, disability, age (over 40), pregnancy or military service, then you can file a formal complaint with your HR Department if there is one or, if not, directly to the EEOC to the Texas Human Rights Commission.