The Internet is abuzz with a post about a boss who wanted to know when her employees planned their vacation days so she could know if she could call them to work.
The post sent by u/gtheman3812 to the popular r/antiwork Reddit forum is concise, though its brevity hasn’t stopped it from garnering over 1,600 comments and 24,000 upvotes.
“My boss just told me ‘I have to tell him whenever I make plans for the weekend’ so he knows ahead of time ‘I won’t be able to come on Saturday’ (my day off). Yeah go f ***self,” the post reads in its entirety.
While it is legal for an employer to ask an employee to come on his vacation, there are some exceptions. Most states have “at-will employment,” which means that employers can fire workers for almost any reason—or even for no reason, according to Yuri Mosh’s Law Office website. Of. There are exceptions in terms of discrimination, but it’s important to know that, for the most part, an employer can schedule employees at any time, and pushing back may result in letting go.
In addition, however, most states have what is colloquially known as “One Day Rest in Seven” statutes, where employers must give workers at least one day off each week. Similarly, if there is a day off because of religious observance, an employer may not require an employee to come, the law office says.
Of course, it may be legal for an employee to come on vacation, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the right decision. According to the US Chamber of Commerce, such requests can hurt morale in the office. Low morale can lead to high turnover and poor reviews on sites like Glassdoor, allowing employees to review employers.
Several Redditors took to the original poster to say they always have plans on Saturdays.
“It’s the only day I can even make plans, you know?” u/brashendeavors wrote
“I am a nurse and the industry basically expects me to be available at all times,” wrote u/pingpongulong. “I go into interviews now saying ‘I’m a caregiver for a member of my family, I’ll answer you if you call to see if I can take a shift,’ but until I can’t find anyone to fill me in, I probably won’t be able to.'”
“Nobody needs to know that family member is my cat,” he said. “He deserves his embrace and that is the honest truth of God.”
“That’s how I tackled my job,” wrote u/JediAreTakingOver. “‘Can you be available on Saturday’. Sorry I have promised obligations with another employer. They are not allowed to ask. The employer is me and I promise not to work on weekends “
Another Redditor shared a story when they said they were leaving Saturday because they needed to get to work.
“‘But what are you going to do with all those Saturdays anyway?’ This was a real question posed to me when I said I was leaving the job at the Saturday program and that was the only reason I was leaving,” Yu/Jeh wrote. “I was leaving at the time and I was asked… I said ‘if I want to sit in the dirt and spin and try to compress the dirt and sand into diamonds with my cheeks it’s my prerogative’ … but I won’t work here.'”
Another offered to tell a white lie to the employer.
“I did it. I had a job that was trying to get me to work over the weekend so I just started saying I was riding a motorcycle every weekend, or X-Country. No laptop, basically No cell service from. They hated it. But what can they really say? Stop living your life outside of work so you can do our bulls*** on your vacation?” u/Crail115 wrote in.
newsweek Contacted u/gtheman3812 for comment.