It has actually been like this ever since I got hurt. The only time I get 35-40 hours a week is during the Holidays. The rest of the time, I get 10-20 hours for the most part, usually about 14, while all my co-workers get 30-40. During my last review, my manager told me that I do a great job with our customers, but I am unable to work alongside my coworkers because of my injury and limitations, therefore there is not much camaraderie. However, my co-workers like me and we all get along just fine. I can not help that my knees pop, snap, grind, etc., due to this injury. The longer I stand on my legs, the more swelling that goes on in my knee joints. It wasn't my fault that I have been hurt and now have to deal with arthritis that my doctors have said will only get worse as time goes by. I feel that if they are not going to give me as many hours as my co-workers get, then they should pay me a lump sum settlement of some sort to make up for it. I filed for disability but they said I wasn't disabled enough and I was rejected. No one else is going to want to hire me. I have tried to find other employment but most jobs out there require you to be able to stand, lift, bend, stoop, etc. which I can't do. I just don't know what to do.
I completely understand your frustration. I would suggest contacting an attorney to discuss this further. For instance, if you called my office, I'd want more information such as what your restrictions are specifically, whether you need an accommodation (although I know you are not technically disabled) and why your employer has said you cannot work alongside your other co-workers. Feel free to give my office a call or contact any other employment attorney here on Avvo.