I work in a department with 4 exempt employees and a supervisor. Everyone else is currently working a different schedule that is convenient for them, including the supervisor. But I have to keep the standard 9-5 hours. Is this legal?
Ann Kiernan replies:
The at-will employment doctrine allows employers to treat employees differently, unless the action is motivated by an illegal reason, such as unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. From what you have written, it doesn’t sound like there is anything illegal going on. Have you asked the supervisor about the scheduling? Perhaps the reason is the need to have someone in the department during all core hours, which would certainly be a legitimate business reason.
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