What are my rights regarding workplace retaliation?

My supervisor cut my work days down to 4 days a month, while I’ve been working a whole year. Now all of a sudden after I wrote a complaint about her cussing me out which is grounds for termination, she cut my hours down to 4 days a month. Is there any way I can fight this?

Asked on December 2, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Alabama

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have a written employment contract (including a union or collective bargaining agreement), there is most likely nothing you can do. Without a written employment contract, you are an employee at will: an employee at will may have his/her hours or days cut, be demoted, be suspended, or even be terminated by his/her supervisors at any time, for any reason--including complaining to or about a manager/supervisor. This sort of retaliation is, unfortunately, completely legal.


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