Thank you for using JustAnswer. I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I can't imagine someone who would choose to run his business like this, but clearly it does happen. The problem is that all of these states are "at will
" employment states. 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. The same goes with contact while on vacation. Vacation is not mandated by law, so the employer has wide discretion on how to handle the matter and whether he can make you work, etc... on vacation. Medical leave under FMLA
is required, so if it were medical leave and not vacation, he couldn't contact you except for minimal contacts. As it's vacation, that restriction is not there. In short, at will gives the employer wide discretion as to how the employment is carried out, and as unethical and immoral as many of these actions seem, I agree, they're not illegal. I know this is probably not what you wanted to hear, but it is the law. I hope that clears things up anyway. 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!