Is it legal for my boss to cut my hours becauseI couldn’t make it in after being called in on a dayI wasn’t scheduled?

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Is it legal for my boss to cut my hours becauseI couldn’t make it in after being called in on a dayI wasn’t scheduled?

My hours were cut down to less then 10 hours a week and I asked my manager why this was happening. She told me it was because I couldn’t come in when she called me on days I wasn’t on the schedule. She called me an hour and a half before she wanted me to come in both times and I was at least 2 hours away and couldn’t possibly make it. Is it legal for her to cut my hours for not coming in on an unscheduled day?

Asked on January 15, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, if you don't have an employment contract, you are an employee at will. An employee at will may be  fired--or be suspended, or demoted, or have pay or hours cut, etc.--at any time, for any reason, without notice. This includes for unfair reasons, too, since the employer doesn't actually need a reason--they could just decide to do this on a whim. Therefore, if you don't have an employment contract, then the employer could cut your hours for not coming in on an unscheduled day, just as she could fire you for this.


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