While its a jerkish move, its sadly not illegal. Tennessee is an at will employment state which basically means you can be fired for good cause, bad cause or no cause at all. So long as you are not within a protected class of people (students are not by the way) he can cut your hours or fire you. Likewise you have the right to quit anytime you would like. Sorry you are in this spot. Good luck with your school.
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Mr. Clark is correct. You are not in a protected class.
Look for a different job, preferably one without a jerk as a boss.
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