I averaged 40 hours a week and called out due to bad weather. The next week I saw that I was at 30 hours. I feel that they retaliated against me because I called out. Is there anything I can do?
Ann Kiernan replies:
I’m afraid not. Retaliation is illegal only if the employee had first engaged in some sort of legally-protected activity, such as complaining about unsafe working conditions, reporting harassment, or refusing to distribute a defective product.
I see that you work at a convenience store, the type of business that is usually open even in the worst weather. It certainly would make sense for your employer to give more hours to employees who made the extra effort to come in when they were really needed.
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