Is there anything I can do to have the same benefit as other full-time employees?

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Is there anything I can do to have the same benefit as other full-time employees?

I live at the apartment complex I work at; 3 of the other full-time employees are exempt from rent.

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

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately I'm afraid that you may not be able to. The fact of the matter is that, employees do not have to be treated equally; they don't even have to be treated fairly. It is perfectly legal to give one employee more favorable treatment than another. This is true as long as the treatment does not violate: existing company policy, an employment contract, a union agreement, or federal statute regarding discrimination.

In an "at will" employment relationship,an employer has a great deal of discretion in setting the terms and conditions of the workplace. In turn, an employer can choose to work for an employer or not. I appreciate in this economy that may not be much of a choice for you, but that's the law.


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