Can an employer cut your hours whenever they want?

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Can an employer cut your hours whenever they want?

My moms employer cut her hours down
to 30 a week after they made her an
offer to buy her house and she
declined. Is that legal? They want
her property and I think they are
trying to get her to lose her home,
so they can buy it. They even
offered to buy it and rent to her.

Asked on October 21, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is legal--unfair and morally wrong, but legal--unless your mother has a written employment contract guarantying or locking in her hours. Otherwise, without such a contract, she is an employee at will, and an employee at will may have her hours reduced (or be fired) at any time, for any reason--including that the employer wants to pressue her to sell her house.


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