If have seniority, can my hours be cut more than everybody else’s?

I have been employed at a supermarket for 2 1/2 years part-time. This week without warning the manager’s office cut everyones hours within the bakery. I work on average of 27-31 hours they cut my hours by 10. From what I can see from other co-workers they got 4 hours or 6 hours cut. My co-worker told me that there needed to be a 27 hour cut from. I am just shocked why my hours were drastically cut? I have seniority within the bakery and don’t understand why that my other co-workers that have just started only got 4 to 6 hours cut?
Please help me!!!!

Asked on October 21, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, California


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

is there an employment contract, union agreement or company policy that prohibits this action? Is your treatment the result of actionable discrimination? If not, then this drastic cut in hours is legally permitted. The fact is that in an "a will" employment elationship, a company can set the terms and conditons of the workplace much as it sees fit. For your part, you can either work the reduced schedule, try to fight it and possibly face terminaton, or quit.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Employers do not need to treat employees fairly. And seniority does not actually mean anything in the law--it only matters if there is an employment contract (such as a union or collective bargaining agreement) giving you extra righs based on seniority. Otherwise, an employer could arbitrarily and unfairly decide to cut one employee's hours more than other employees' hours, even if that employee had seniority.

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