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Can a company violate its own handbook?

Question Details: The company I work for in Iowa is attempting to force regularly-scheduled overtime. We would get compensated at 1.5 x base pay as an hourly worker but what they are asking is a bit excessive. On a rotating schedule, every 3 weeks we would need to work 3 nights, possibly until midnight, making those three days 16 hour shifts. We have a standard flex days that we can work 8 hours beginning at 7 am until 6 pm. Our employee handbook says that occasional overtime may be required. According to state code, irregular or occasional overtime work means overtime work which is not part of the regularly scheduled administrative workweek. If it is regularly scheduled, does that violate the definition of occasional overtime? If so, what actions can we take since they would be violating their own handbook. I'm afraid to ask our HR this question because often get reorganized out of a job as a punishment for raising concerns.

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