Can Employers get away with "Other Duties Assigned"

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Employee

United States

#1 Apr 27, 2012
Can an employer write you up for something they told you to do even though its not in your job description but they did so by using the "Other Duties assigned" clause.

Level 2

Since: Aug 11

Dallas, TX

#2 Apr 27, 2012
Yes.
4TNO

Washington, DC

#3 Apr 27, 2012
Employee wrote:
Can an employer write you up for something they told you to do even though its not in your job description but they did so by using the "Other Duties assigned" clause.
In a nutshell---yes your boss can require you to do the work assigned under the typical job decription item "other duties as assigned". Failing to follow instuctions could lead to dismissal. In all my years of service I do not recall a single successful challenge to a claim that "it's not in my job description". I do recall seeing a few job description re-written to include a task being challenged, however. I also recall seeing a few people receiving the opportunity to find employment elsewhere. Sometimes at performance review time a person received a lower than expected rating too. In a union shop, there may or may not be recourse depending on the contract. Bottomline---a boss has a right to assign work. Choose your battles wisely and good luck.

“look up and laugh”

Level 9

Since: Jun 08

guess, where

#4 Apr 27, 2012
sorry but if the boss asks you to do it if you need a job just do it.
Juan Brujo

Arlington, TX

#5 Apr 27, 2012
If you have a collective bargaining agreement no but if you don't yes .other duties assigned is a catch all if your not union all companies do it
Juan Brujo

Arlington, TX

#6 Apr 27, 2012
But if the company tells you to do something unsafe to you or the general public you could use the whistleblowers act but that's usually a long drawn out process if it's in your favor
employee rights por vida

Dallas, TX

#7 Apr 27, 2012
If you are a civil service employee check your core document. Most people think that there is a "other duties" statement in there. But, that was taken out years ago on most core documents. Basically, if it is not written as being your job, it isn't your job. Supervisors tend to take advantage of those who don't know the rules. For example, if you are a crew chief and your supervisor tells you to expidite or clean the bathroom toilets you can say no. You will probably suffer some sort of payback for that. The only way they can make you work out of you job description is by assigning you as a temp detail in writing. If you feel you are being harrassed or treated unfairly it would be best to bypass the weak, no balls, on the take, two faced, pro management , corrupt union. Go to the IG, or file an EEO complaint. You must have a solid case before doing so though.
Old Hand

United States

#8 Apr 27, 2012
Best rule of thumb... Obey then grieve. This will avoid any insubordination charges. However, your employer doesn't have the right to order you to do anything unlawful, immoral, or unsafe.
Lol

Eagle Pass, TX

#9 Apr 28, 2012
Juan Brujo wrote:
If you have a collective bargaining agreement no but if you don't yes .other duties assigned is a catch all if your not union all companies do it

Shut the f up! Just do your job!! "collective bargaining" vey y chinga tu madre con eso!
lazy

United States

#11 Apr 29, 2012
Yes. Duh. Do what ur boss asks of u
Madjzoob

Toronto, Canada

#12 Aug 15, 2013
You must do the job as long as it somehow relate to your core duties. You may be able to challenge the employer if for example the boss asks you to water the lawn or wash the drive way on a regular schedule when in fact they have hired you as an Accountant to work in the office.
Joe

Columbus, OH

#13 Aug 22, 2013
The union drones at Laughlin can't do their primary jobs much less other duties assigned.

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