Can my employer give me an ultimatum, work 5 days a week or you resign?

Asked in Red Hill, PA , on Aug 26, 2021

I work in PA and have been with the company for 13 years. I currently work 4 days a week, part time. Agency is understaffed and they approached me and told me I had to work 5 days and it’s non negotiable. I said that doesn’t work for me bc of my kids and my health. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer this past year and I still struggle physically and have dr appts. I need that day off. They responded that they will take that has my resignation and my last day is 9/9. Can they do that? I see that more of a firing than resignation. Would I be eligible for unemployment?

Answered on Aug 27, 2021

Given that you have such a long history with the employer, you may also want to consider if there was any occupational exposures that could lead to thyroid issues. The occupations that see an increase in that include medical, dental and veterinarian offices, hospitals, security jobs, firefighting, fracking, air travel, a work site with high levels of radon (which is prevalent) and some industrial/manufacturing jobs. If this is the case or if there may be some fact specific issues not mentioned, you should talk to a workers compensation attorney on that issue. Good luck.