Can my employer make me stay married?
Question Details: work for the city, recently it was discovered I was having an affair for the last year and a half. I was fired, then brought back and placed on administrative leave. The mayor is now telling me that as a condition of my continued employment, I must work things out with my wife. I want a divorce, I do not want to work things out. What can I do? is this legal?
It is unclear whether your employer can do this...many states make discrimination on the basis of marital status illegal, but Utah does not seem to. If it doesn't, then you employer could possibly make this a condition of employment.
Here is a link to the Utah government agency that looks into employment discrmination; they would be good ones to contact and pose the question to: http://www.laborcommission.utah.gov/AntidiscriminationandLabor/employmentdiscrimination.html
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