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Do you have a written contract?
Unfortunately, CT is an employment at will state which means that an employer has the right to change anything about the job at any time unless there is a union contract or a written contract of employment.
Not many. They can't change your pay for time you have already worked and they can;t do anything that discriminates because of age, race, gender, etc.
There actually are no limits on the amount of time they can require you to work although at some point they may edge past where they can call it salary and have to start paying overtime.
The courts have generally said that the only remedy an employee has is to quit.
The way the courts have bent over backwards in favor of employers is ridiculous.
The only real limitations are those set by federal law for things like operating heavy machinery, etc.
Other than that neither the state nor the feds limit the amount of hours, how many in a row, etc.
They can fire you for any reason so long as it isn't discriminatory.
As far as being able to collect unemployment I have been able to successfully argue when radical changes like this are made that it is akin to dissolving an old job and starting a new one and therefore you qualify for unemployment but it is not guaranteed by any means.
I think you could get one.
No, that's a myth. It is incredibly easy to fire someone and incredibly difficult to sue because of it.
Some companies make a big deal out of it but it is because they don't know the law and they heard or read somewhere that you have to be careful.
Those are really your only two choices.
I think there is a reasonable chance you can draw unemployment until you find another job but jobs are hard to come by for most industries right now.
We get questions similar to your all the time on here because employers know they have a strong position right now.
We constantly hear about them reducing pay for the same job, requiring more hours, reducing benefits, etc.
There is an issue there but not one that will help you in a lawsuit. You could check your insurance policy to see if there is an exclusion if you are using the car for business. If so, then you could argue for unemployment that this is the equivalent of making you take a major cut in pay or requiring you to take an unneeded chance.
There is an argument, I've never seen it used, that this would be a breach of public policy.
Since they would be almost forcing you to drive a car that wasn't insured for that.
Did you have any additional questions?
Oh, the only other thing I see is that in CT employees can;t be fired if they refuse to work under dangerous conditions. I don't think that applies here but I still wanted to tell you.
I wish I had been able to give you more positive news but Employment Law is one of those areas where it usually is negative, unfortunately.
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