We live in unprecedented times.
Essential Fed employees must report to work without getting paid until the shutdown ends.
Has this been challenged in court?
I can’t recall a situation like this where employees are forced to work for several weeks without getting paid. (that’s assuming they will eventually get paid later)
Non-essential Fed employees are off work and can earn extra money doing odd jobs, cleaning houses, or even yardwork. The others are stuck at their non paying jobs and have few options for outside income.
I wonder how the courts would view terminating a employee that refused to work without pay?
This could be a growing problem as tge shutdown drags on.