Do I have a case against the company I currently work for.

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Do I have a case against the company I currently work for.

I have been working for Gaudenzia, Inc for almost a year. 6/16/09 will make my employment with the company a year. I found out when i signed for my new personel manual that because I am partime but work 32 consistantly a week, I am entitled to benifits. When I found out I began to persue getting a benifits package because I need one badly and today (6/2/09) my boss, who has a a personal issue with me since last July cut my hours down to 20 hours. I sent an email to the benifits coordinator for the company last week and I find it funny that now my hours are being cut. Do I have a case?

Asked on June 2, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

If you have a case, it would have to be based on the personnel manual, if there are policies there about reducing hours for people in your type of job.  This isn't an easy argument to make, and you would need a lawyer to pursue it.  One place to find an attorney is our website, http://attorneypages.com

Most people work "at will," meaning that the company does not need a reason to fire someone, and the courts extend that to less severe job actions, such as cutting hours.  The only exceptions are for illegal reasons to fire, such as racial discrimination.  You would have to explain your entire case to a lawyer, if you think there is any such reason behind all of this, for reliable advice.


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