Can an employer in Ohio force its employees to work over time, as in mandatory overtime, or punish them for not working overtime
Employment / Labor Attorney
Some states restrict the amount of overtime that certain professions can be forced to work so you should check with Ohio employment counsel to see if there is a state restriction related to your occupation. However, in general, federal and state wage laws do not prevent employers from requiring that employees work overtime. What is required (for non-exempt employees) is that you be paid overtime compensation for hours worked over forty (40) in a week. If you are an exempt & salaried employee, your employer can require you to work as much as it wants and generally your only recourse is to quit.