In Washington State
Are employees entitled to use cell phones for emergency, medical and/legal purposes?
This basic right according to common sense, should not be overridable by company policy, or policy invented by more senior employees.
Are you asking a question or making a statement? Companies can make such rules as they think are necessary so long as those rules to not violate specific statutory protections, such as race or religion. As an at will employee you have to follow the rules. Therefore, if you employer prohibits cell phones held or used by employees that is legal. If you do not like the rules, get a job someplace else.
While you were told that if you do not the policy get another job. There is another way to go about this. I, like you, agree it is common sense to allow the use of cell phones for emergency and legal calls. Start a petition to get the policy changed. But, keep in mind that if you do not prevail you must comply with the policy. Good luck.
I'm sure that if you had a medical emergency, then you should use your phone. (ie. call an ambulance for someone who is having a heart attack or where the building is on fire). What would be medical purposes or emergency legal purposes?
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