Dear Waypoint friends,
I just had a very offputting experience at work, and wanted to vent and ask some questions.
Background: I work at a major grocery retailer in southern california.
What happened: Today is thanksgiving day. Anyone working at my store on Thanksgiving day does so voluntarily. They asked me a few weeks back if I was available to work on Thanksgiving, and I said yes. I get double pay, so that’s great, and I was scheduled to work from , 6 AM to noon, so there’s plenty of time to hang out with the family/friends before dinner. Noon rolls around and I’m getting ready to go. My supervisor sees me doing this, asks where I’m going, I tell her I’m leaving. She is very frustrated that I’m leaving - I do a lot of hand-selling of product, and it’s very busy, so me leaving is going to hurt sales in my department. But I’ve made commitments. I’m leaving. I kinda put my foot down. She goes on to explain that the store leadership has “expectations” that when it is “needed” I am to work hours beyond what I am scheduled. There is no mention of this “expectation” anywhere in my job description or employment contract. My hunch was that this is because this sort of “expectation” isn’t legal.
I take my job seriously, I work hard to get as much sales as possible when i’m at work. But to me, after that scheduled departure time, they don’t own me anymore. I feel that I owe them nothing at that point. If my leaving is going to hurt sales, so be it. If they had scheduled me later I would’ve stayed later, but they didn’t, so I made plans, and I left, but not after being made to feel very guilty about it and having it suggested to me that what I did was somehow wrong or frowned upon and that I could potentially face repercussions for it.
Does anybody have any experience with this? I know that labor laws differ from state to state, and I’m relatively new to California, but my understanding has been that they have some of the more pro-worker laws in the country.
Anyway, it’s all very frustrating, thank you for letting me vent, happy Thanksgiving.