Is cutting your hours considered work harassment?

UPDATED: Oct 1, 2022

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Is cutting your hours considered work harassment?

In my job I have availability only from Monday thru Friday, lately I’ve been working some Saturdays only when I can, but when I tell them that I can’t work on Saturdays they cut my hours during the week so basically I have to accept working on Saturdays just to get my whole or at least more paycheck. I don’t know what to do, I really appreciate more information about it. I don’t want to lose my job just for say something to HR.

Asked on March 6, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, California


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have guranteed hours as stated under the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, you have no claim here. As an "at will" worker, your employer can set the conditions of your employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, you will need to work the hours that you are scheduled for or risk termination. Possibly now is the time to look for another job.

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