can they turn my job into part time and hire some one else for the other half of my job

After working for 9 years full time, my ex-company told me that they were going to turn my position into two part time
jobs and offered me one of the 4 hour slot which I took, then about 1-1/2 yrs later they laid me off and gave me my last pay check and said they will pay me severance pay for 6 weeks, but they are paying me severance at my part time wages and have not prorated their
severance payments to include some of the full time years. I've read your at will and severance topics, but I am not sure that it was legal for them to give 1/2 of my job to someone else.. plus they laid off other part time people, except for one part time employee whom they offered a full time position, shouldn't they have asked people with more seniority, that they were laying off,if they would like that position,or does the at will explain their right to do anything? Any info you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

1 answer  |  asked Aug 22, 2001 03:40 AM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (1)

Neil Klingshirn
The reason they selected you for layoff is what matters

An employer has the right to terminate your employment at any time. Included within this right is the option to reduce your hours by one-half before terminating your position entirely.

While an employer can terminate your employment for no reason, it cannot terminate it for an unlawful reason. Therefore, if you were not selected because of your age or gender, or if you were pushed into the part time job because of your age or gender, then either one of those employment actions may violate the anti-discrimination laws.

I hope this helps,


Neil Klingshirn

posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Aug 22, 2001 09:35 AM [EST]

Answer This Question

Sign In to Answer this Question

Related Questions with Answers

Have an Employment Law question?

Contact Neil Klingshirn

Neil Klingshirn
AV rated Super Lawyer and Employment Law Specialist
Independence, OH
Phone: 216-382-2500