Can an employer reduce hours?

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Can an employer reduce hours?

I work in a daycare. Before the start of the summer session I was working about 40 hours a week. There was a memo sent out to all employees that full time, year round, employees will have first pick at the schedule. This ended up being true for all full-time year round employees except for me. My position was given to a seasonal employee who works very part-time during the school year 8 hours a week. This person now works the shifts I used to work. My schedule was reduced to 22 hours a week. I have tried to have reasonable discussions with my supervisor about the schedule change and she has not given me a very specific answer as to why my schedule was changed and no other full-time employee’s has. I have already been stuck in classrooms where I have had no training and have not received adequate training either. What can I do?

Asked on June 8, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, North Dakota

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless this schedule change is due to some form of actionable discrimination such as your race, religion, gender, nationality, disability, age (over 40), etc., then you have no claim here. That is unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement. The fact is that most employment is "at will" which means that an employer can set the conditions of work much as they see fit.


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