Holiday Pay

county Employee in TN, Same department, Can one group of employees office staff receive time off with pay for a holiday and others field officers be denied any time off or holiday pay. Should all employees be treated equally, all employees are hourly and non-exempt

Asked on January 3, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Contrary to popular belief, not all employees need be treated the same or even equally. Discriminatory treatment is only illegal if it is based on race, religion, disability, age (over 40), gender, nationality, etc. Therefore, absent such discrimination, a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. Accordingly, unless some protection is afforded pursuant to the terms of a written employment contract or union agreement, there is no claim here.


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