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Inside the Law: Not in My Job Description

June 20, 2018 - 3:45 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Can your employer force you to do tasks that aren't in your job description?

A man in France sued his employer at the perfume company (For real. This is not a stereotype. As far as we know, he wasn't eating cheese) because he said his boss gave him so little to do and the tasks were so menial, he was forced to leave his job after what he called "an insidious descent into hell" or as we call it, Monday.  

He sued for a half-million dollars because it caused him to suffer a "bore out."  

Really? The French law means workers can expect to be fascinated by their daily tasks? Is that why they're so pleasant? There are plenty of bored workers here. Can they sue if they're required to do menial tasks or things that aren't part of their job description? 

In general, no. 

Unless you have a collective bargaining agreement or a written contract that sets the tasks you do, or if you're being asked to do certain tasks for discriminatory reasons, like your boss makes the women in the office make him coffee, in the U.S. there's no law that lets you say: not my job, and get away with it. 

The good news is that there's no law that says you have to work at a job you hate. You are free to say: au revior. Smell ya' later.