I have been “full time” (which is over 30 hrs/wk) for 4 years and on top of the other unfair treatment I have been enduring for the past year, they have cut my hours to avg. 21/wk (I think so they can classify me as “part time”). I receive benefits, which I can no longer afford. I have asked them to cross train to make up hours or take shifts for the other positions I am trained for. They initially said they would give me extra shifts, but that only lasted 2 weeks. They give more hours to newer employees (30avg) and are still hiring more people! I can’t figure out if it because I am older or because they want me to quit or both. Also they have called me in on my day off, which I think should be 2 hours pay, they adjusted it to 20 mins. This week they didn’t pay me for a split shift (but everyone else was paid split shift). They won’t let me take a lunch sometimes & I have to work 15-30 minutes off the clock to close without getting a meal premium.
Generally speaking, without knowing more about the background behind the employer's decision to cut shifts, that in and of itself is not illegal. However, the failure to provide lunch breaks or pay you for the hours/shifts you worked is a wage and hour violation that entitles you to compensation. You should consult an attorney as soon as you can to get a consultation and protect your rights.
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