I work in a warehouse. The job requires heavy lifting and some manual dexterity.
I’m also well into middle age, and I believe I am in the beginning stages of arthritis. The fingers on my right hand (my dominant hand) are cramped up at the knuckles, and it’s getting worse by the day. I figure at this rate I have maybe 6-12 months left before I’m all but useless for this type of work.
I mentioned this to my boss and asked for a transfer to a desk job (there are several desk jobs at this company for which I’m qualified). His response (paraphrased) was “You’ll do the job I hired you for or go look somewhere else. Now kwitcherbitchin get back to work.”
I have neither a union nor a contract, and since my boss is the son of the company’s sole owner HR isn’t really much of a recourse.
Is it time to start looking for another job? Is there some legal recourse available to me?