I told my boss I got married and I was going to buy a house in another county (to start my new life), but she refused to let me transfer. She's let someone transfer without any issues (my close coworker), but with me she gives me the hardest time. She also in the past has denied transfer to another coworker (who lives 50+ miles) and he had to go through corporate HR to have them rain down on her to allow the transfer. I feel like she's bullying me into staying. She's also manipulated my words to turn them against my own and she also in a way tells me how my marriage should be (she's being too personal and among other things that's been happening at work). Isn't it illegal for her to tell me that I can't move to whichever city I want to for MY MARRIAGE to start and suggests elsewhere to move (that's actually closer to work). Also, I have a former coworker who said that she made her promise that she won't transfer (upon hire) and flat out said that she cannot transfer once she works for her.
I really need help.
More information would be needed to advise you, but for your general information: Private employers are not generally required to provide transfers to at-will employees, absent some contractual arrangement to the contrary. In general, you would have to prove that the employer is treating you less favorably because of your membership in a "protected class" and that this treatment has caused you harm. One argument would be that you are being treated less favorably because of your marital status, but based on the information you have provided, your legal claims here appear very difficult to prevail on.
The information contained herein is provided solely for informational purposes, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter. Any information contained herein is not intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter.
Unless you have a written Employment Contract stating to the contrary, you are most likely considered an "at-will" employee. As such, the employer can change the terms of your employment, eliminate your current position or terminate your employment at its discretion. The position you currently hold is actually not "your job", it belongs to the employer who can exercise wide discretion in how it is filled (or eliminated).
Congratulations on your new house. Good luck with your new job.
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