Why is it ok for an employer to deny an employee the ability to use vacation time that they've earned?
I manage a small business in California and make the weekly schedules. I have to fax the schedules to my District Manager on the Wed. proceeding the week the schedule is for and I have to notify her of any changes in my schedule. On Monday of this week, I called her to tell her that I had forgotten that my daughters Winter Concert was Wed. night and that I was going to have to adjust my schedule so that I could be there. She said it was no problem at all and to just send her a revised schedule. I asked one of my employees if they'd like some extra hours and they said yes, so I adjusted the schedule to show that he'd be working instead of me. I faxed this to her and she was ok with it. I also faxed a request to use some of my vacation time to cover that day. When my vacation time hadnt be put in my Thursday, I contacted her and she said that she doesnt approve the use of vacation time because, "We both know you weren't really on vacation hon", she said this with a chuckle. Didnt I work all year to earn that vacation time? Isnt it mine to do with as I please? I mean, I could understand if my taking a vacation was going to hurt the company, profit wise, but the day off had already been approved.