right to refuse responsibility not in job description?
I don't know who else to ask... My partner works security at a halfway house (correctional facility). For each shift, there's a Shift Supervisor (SS... great abbreviation, eh?). The SS is responsible for making sure everyone else does their work (no biggie) and for filling out all the necessary paperwork. If the paperwork is filled out incorrectly, the SS could go to jail. If another employee sneaks alcohol (or drugs or guns) into the facility (has happened) the SS can be considered fully responsible for the action and go to jail. Recently, enough of the employees have quit that there are only two SSs, so the head of security has been making the regular security guards fill in as needed. My partner doesn't want to take the responsibility of being SS because of the possible legal consequences. He doesn't think that the pay difference (75 cents per hour) is worth the risk. Also, with the way payroll is done at the facility, the paperwork is filed for all the hours worked at one pay rate (say, 40 hours x $10), and then additional forms are needed to pay the hourly difference (the 75 cents) for the numbers of hours worked at the higher grade (+$.75 x # hours). His place of employment is incredibly bad at filing this paperwork.... so when he does work SS, he rarely gets the extra 75 cents, no matter how many times he reminds payroll. Anyway, now to the question. He has told the security supervisor for over a month (in person, over the phone, and in writing) that he refuses to take the position of SS on any shift. He has offered to switch shifts with anyone so that the boss can rearrange schedules to have an SS where needed. Today, he was told that he "will do what is asked of him, and he will like it." Which means he'll work SS when asked, or he'll be shown the door. The other workers on his shift have also refused the SS position, but as far as we know, they haven't been hassled like this. Obviously, calling the labor board would be a good idea, but it's sunday, and they're closed tomorrow, too. We're still waiting for the facility manager to return his call. He works in less than 7 hours, and he was just told this by his boss two hours ago. What options does he have? We live in AK, if it makes a difference. Thank you so much for your help.