Can I dispute the fact that myself and 2 others were all hired for the same positions but the hours are distributed unfairly?

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Can I dispute the fact that myself and 2 others were all hired for the same positions but the hours are distributed unfairly?

I was hired along with 2 other woman for part-time clerical work. We were to all be crossed trained in different departments. However, one was permanently put in a department and the other put in another department. One is getting 28 hours, the other 14. I am the only one who crossed trained and now work 3 days a week, 2 hours a day for 6 whole hours per week.

Asked on April 21, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Absent some form of legally actionable discrimination or retaliation, your employer can set the conditons of your work much as it sees fit. This is called "at will" employment. Accordingly, unless you are afforded some protection under the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, you have no claim here. The fact it that not all empoyees need be treated the same or even fairly (absent any of the above factors).

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