Washington State Worker issue
January 4, 2014 1:12 PM Subscribe
My friend is having an employment situation crisis (Washington state), and it's difficult to find a lawyer to consult on the weekend. Is there a case here, or is at will termination going to come into play here? I know that he needs to talk to a lawyer, but it's a little bit of an emergency. :)
posted by semaphore to Law & Government (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My friend has worked somewhere for 6 years. Overall, he has been a good employee. All issues have been resolved quickly (most recently, an issue was due to severe family illness), and in the 6 years he's been there, he has gotten multiple raises. Recently, he brought up the idea that he might work from home and move a few towns over to a different state. This town is over 2 hours away from where the physical office he worked at is located. The employer was fine with this and said that the two prerequisites were that my friend had fast enough Internet to work remotely and that he be able to come in if he was needed.
Two days after he moved, the employer said that he had changed his mind and needed him to work from the office again...and that he absolutely had to come in on Monday. My friend told the employer that he wanted to talk about it over the phone, and the employer said it was non-negotiable. My friend again asked if they could talk over the phone, and the employer then shut him out of work email and erased his work phone. My friend sent an email from personal email saying that he was shocked and that he wanted an official termination letter. The employer responded, saying that he urged him to reconsider his request to come into the office, told him he could come in on Tuesday, and then said he needed the response by tomorrow (Sunday).
What should my friend do? There aren't any legal offices open today! He can't access the emails they sent earlier because he's been shut out of his work email, and everything on his phone is gone. Washington is an at will state. He doesn't want to quit--he just wants to be able to work in the manner that he and his employer agreed upon: working remotely, fast Internet access, coming in if absolutely needed.
Thank you, hive mind! <3