I am the only one whose hours have been cut drastically from 27hrs weekly to 12hrs(less than part time). They are not respecting my seniority. Is that legal? What can I do?
Unless you have an employment contract that guarantees you a certain number of hours, this is legal.
Legally, seniority means nothing. Unless you have some kind of contract that gives seniority meaning, like a union agreement that often gives value to seniority, the fact you have been with the employer longer than another is completely irrelevant to any decision made by the employer, be it number of hours, promotions or first or last to be laid off.
Unless you can establish that your hours are being cut because you are a member of a protected class of people, or because you have engaged in some kind of protected conduct, your employer may change the terms and conditions of your employment, including the number of hours you can be schedule, at will, absent agreement to the contrary.
Good luck to you.
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What you described is not illegal conduct by your employer unless they are doing this for an illegal reason, such as ones race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability... Just to name a few.
Best of luck.
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