I cannot be flexible in my working hours due to restrictions on day care, but flexibility is now part of my job description. I can't work over 9 hours and the company now requires that as well as possibly different schedules daily. Can I be fired?
Your employer is not required to accommodate your need for child care.
When we talk about employment discrimination, we sometimes have to address two very different concepts: (1) not discriminating -- i.e., treating everybody equally; and (2) accommodating differences.
All antidiscrimination laws require the employer to meet #1 -- not to treat employees differently on the basis of their membership in a protected class.
But very few antidiscrimination laws require the employer to meet #2 -- to accommodate an employee's circumstances in a way that makes the employee more employable, on the basis of the employee's membership in a protected class.
In your case, your complaint is not that your employer is treating you differently. You are saying that your status as a single parent means that you require an accommodation, and you are asking whether an employer is required to provide that accommodation. It isn't. Your employer can require you to work the same hours that it requires of its employees who are not single parents.
Protected classes include the following (See RCW 49.60.030): race, creed, color, national origin, sex, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Given the information you have provided here, it does not sound like you fall into any of these classes protected under anti-discrimination statutes.
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