I understand how unfair this feels. However, absent some sort of illegal discrimination such as age (over 40), disability, race, religion, or sex, the employer is free to be as unfair as they want to be. Unless you have a written employment contract
(such as a union contract), you have no right to your job, nor to workplace fairness. The employer has the right to hire, fire, demote, or promote whoever they wish. That is the unfortunate reality of the legal rule of employment at will
. That is why unions exist, to give some balance to the employment equation.
If you believe that there is some sort of illegal discrimination going on, such as age (over 40), disability, race, religion, or sex, I can discuss this further with you.
Otherwise, you may want to contact a union and discuss with your co-workers the possibility of forming a union so that your workplace has some degree of fairness. If that option interests you, we can also discuss that further.
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Gloria M Please be aware that my answer is not legal advice, it is merely informational and educational.
Fees I receive for answering questions are paid for information, not legal advice. This forum is designed to provide only general information, to give you a basis of knowledge. You and I have not entered into an attorney/client relationship, and I am not responsible for your legal rights. The only way for us to be in an attorney/client relationship is if you have signed a written retainer agreement with my law firm, and I am only licensed to practice law in Illinois. You should consult with legal counsel in your area for specific information relevant to your situation.