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Do you work under a written contract?
Yes, I do.
Does that contract define the work you are supposed to do? In Texas, employers can change job duties on a whim unless a written contract says something different so we have to look at your contract for a solution.
I am afraid that I don't know. I sign a contract based upon pay on a yearly basis. There are several updates to the personnel handbook, but I have not seen any related to disabilities.
Unless there is a specific definition of your duties under the written contract and that definition does not include this work then you would be required to do it. Conceivably they would owe you additional compensation but you would still have to perform the work.
I would not have minded doing the work, but it would have been nice to know that this would be a requirement upon having a deaf student enter the class. I was informed of the requirements UNTIL that happened and then I was left in a huge crunch to become ADA compliant. I know that most other instructors are not compliant and are not aware that they aren't.
It is unusual for the school to require the teacher to do this. Usually they provide the materials in a compliant manner.
It would be nice to find out about the additional compensation. I worked from 3:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. yesterday and from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today. I suppose Texas is unusual and not necessarily in a positive way. Thank you for your help.
Texas is one of the worst states as far as employee rights. The employer can change your schedule, change your duties, and even change your rate of pay at a whim (absent a contract).
My mistake! meant 12:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m. today, but that is irrelevant. I should have gone for law instead of biology! Thank you again:)
You're very welcome and best wishes to you!
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Thank you. Yes, it is very clear that Texas is one of the worst state in many respects. I will give you the best rating. Have a wonderful evening:)
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