Is it legal for your boss to cut your hours because you can’t help clean?

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Is it legal for your boss to cut your hours because you can’t help clean?

I work at a desk job at a vet clinic and we are asked to help clean and do laundry. Well I am scheduled for surgery in about a month and when I handed my boss the note this morning, she said I guess we will just cut your hours since you can’t help clean. Is this legal?

Asked on September 26, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless your treatment has to do with being given lesser treatment than your co-workers due to some form of legally actionable discrimination. That means it is based on your race, religion, nationality, age (over 40), gender or disability (and merely having surgery doesn't automatically qualify as a disability), then you have no claim here. This is because an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit absent an union agreement or employment contract to the contrary.


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