I work at a hotel and there is someone at the front desk 24/7. I once volunteered to work overnights because I love to cook but a few incidents happened and I no longer feel comfortable working those hours, especially alone (there is only ever one person on shift unless we are training). I tried locking the doors and staying preoccupied to avoid thinking about it but I am a paranoid person since those incidents.
The graveyard shift is manageable during weekdays, I was originally only supposed to work two nights (Monday and Tuesday) where there is less going on but recently the schedule changed due to a new hire and now I have to work three nights (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and those are the nights where everyone parties and gets drunk. I am a young woman (20) and not at all intimidating to men who are twice my age and tower over me (I’m 5’5″).
I have voiced my concerns and how uncomfortable I am working those hours now so much so that she hired a second new girl to take my night shifts whom was let go due to reasons. I asked if she will be hiring another person so that I could be moved off of night shift and she said no, I then asked if I could possibly not do night shift on the weekends seeing as those are the nights I don’t feel comfortable working (I did offer to work the evening shift on the weekends instead) and she said that I didn’t have a choice on what days I did night shift because full time night shift works the weekdays and part time night shift works the weekends. I also brought up that with the old schedule I was working the evenings on the weekend and then did my two nights of night shift and asked if we could go back to that and she once again denied me and said that I had to work the three night shifts now instead of two.
I’m just wondering if I have a right to refuse to work the night shift due to me not feeling comfortable and safe during the overnight hours, especially on the weekends? I don’t want to cause problems at work but I also don’t want to work shifts where I don’t feel safe. Everyone I talked to just tells me to lock the doors but even then, what about the people that are inside the hotel? I also have to cook breakfast and where the kitchen and continental area are located I am not on camera and I get paranoid about anythin