Good evening, I been working for my employer for 5 years. 3 weeks ago they started to cut off hours. I was one of the employee they cut hours when they had another person still getting his 40 hours when he only been working for them less than a year. I ne

Good evening, I been working for my employer for 5 years. 3 weeks ago they started to cut off hours. I was one of the employee they cut hours when they had another person still getting his 40 hours when he only been working for them less than a year. I need to know what can I do ? Thank u

1 answer  |  asked May 9, 2016 6:26 PM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

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Phyllis Towzey
Employers consider many factors in deciding whose hours to cut, and while not all those factors are fair, unfairness does not always mean illegal. Employers in Florida are not required to take seniority into account when selecting employees for a reduction in hours.

You would only have recourse if the employer had a discriminatory motive in choosing you -- if they selected you based on your race, age (over 40), national origin, color, disability, sex, marital status, sexual orientation (in some city's/counties), religion, diability, or in retaliation for you complaining about illegal practices or wage and hour violations, or exercising your rights under the FMLA.

If it was just a case of favoritism there's nothing you can do.

If you hours are cut so significantly that you go from full time to part time employment, you can apply for unemployment compensation benefits.

posted by Phyllis Towzey  |  May 10, 2016 07:49 AM [EST]

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