What are my rights if I am not being treated fairly at work?

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What are my rights if I am not being treated fairly at work?

I’ve been working for a large bank for 6 years and yesterday I received my first written warning. My manager has been looking for reason to fire me. They wrote me up for “Time and Attendance”. I was 1, 3, and 7 minutes late on 3 occasions in thepast 6 months. Last Monday I went in for my 12 – 8:30 shift and was told my schedule for the week changed and I was to leave at 6; the following day my schedule changed from 8 – 5 to 11 – 8. I got a text yesterday from my boss saying this Friday my schedule changed from  8- 4 to 1 – 8 but I have a wedding to attend. No one else’s schedule change,s just mine. After all of my vacations that are approved I am told that I cannot take them when they come around – after I pay for the plane tickets. I don’t know what to do at this point.

Asked on June 14, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately for you, there is *no* requirement that an employer generally be fair to its employees; rather, an employer may, apart from the below, be as unfair as it likes and may certainly treat person A worse than  person B.

The exceptions:

1) No discrimination on the basis of protected categories--e.g. race, religion, age over 40, sex, disability--is allowed. If you're treated unfairly because of  these characteristics, yo may have a claim.

2) No retailiation for bringing up or filing certain protected claims, such as an overtime claim.

3) If you have an employment contract, it's terms must be honored.

4) If a vacation was approved by employer and after that,  you, in reliance on that approval, incurred certain costs, then while the employer may be able to make you cancel the vacation, they'd likely have to reimburse you for those costgs.


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