I'm seeking advice about a matter of vacation time at my workplace. Here's the story. I have been wanting to go to a large music festival for quite some time, years actually. I decided that this was the year. The festival is set to take place at the end of September. I asked my manager if it would be okay for me to request off for the 7 days needed for the festival and travel. He said yes. I then proceeded to purchase my tickets, which cost over $550 and are non-refundable. I purchased the tickets on a payment plan over the course of three months. All of management were well aware I was going to this festival during the course of these months I was paying. In the middle of paying I submitted a formal time off request in our system. The time off request was sent and approved by management in January. An issue came up about three weeks ago, our stores annual overnight transformation is set to take place on the Saturday that I will be out of town. The managers were concerned that I would not be there but did not revoke my approved time off.
Yesterday my manager had a conversation with me and told me that they need me there and I will be required to come into work. I calmly stated that I will get back to him on the matter. I was obviously upset but did not show it.
I do not know what to do. I love my job and make good money. I just can't see myself throwing away more than $550 for the tickets I have already purchased. Not to mention I have made plans with 4 of my friends who are all expecting me to be driving with them. The tickets are non-refundable and cannot be resold since they are camping passed with my information tied to them. I am questioning the legal right of this matter as the ethical right is clearly of no regard to the management of my store.
Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!