On the night of 3/28/17, I was told that I WAS NOT allowed to leave work until my duties were done. I told my boss that I needed to leave right at 10. I was scheduled from 4-10 at night. She was trying to force me to stay and I was unwilling to do so. I clocked out at 10, and I left. I work at Burger King. I had people coming in until 9:45 pm and the lobby closes at 10. She wanted me to stay until 11-11:30 pm to get it done. My mom (who's my ride to and from work) gets up at 5 in the morning. Once again, I told my boss that. She tried to force me to stay and I didn't.
Unfortunately, your employer can require you to stay beyond your scheduled hours. But once you clock out, you are not allowed to continue working while off the clock.
You are an "at will" employee who can be terminated for a good reason, bad reason or no reason at all except for a protected reason. You can also quit for any reason. Your employer sets your hours and can change your hours to suit its purpose and needs and as long as you are properly paid, there is nothing illegal in that. Not doing what a supervisor tells you to do can be seen as insubordination and grounds for termination. Your employer may have seen your actions as quitting. It is not your employer's problem how you get to work or how you get home. You may end up without a job and this is a hard lesson.
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