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I don't know why they are targeting me. I have worked at the job for over three and a half years and have not gotten a single write up in that time.
Just before this reduction in 8 hours they tried to reduce 12 hours. So that would be 20 hours a week. They don't even have me working full time right now so that is over half my pay. What constitutes drastic cut in hours?Also, asking me to work through lunch breaks has no weight in anything? As well as not fixing things that I would consider health hazards since most people in my family are allergic to mold.
Hello again and thank you for the follow up questions. If your hours are permanently cut by 50%, then that would be good cause to quit your job. However, in Maryland, employees who have their hours cut are eligible to apply for partial unemployment benefits. So, that would be the better way to go. In other words, keeping your job and then making the employer pay for unemployment if they cut your hours. That way, you are not having to prove that you quit for good cause, and also still have a job, which pays more than unemployment does. Maryland law does not require that employers give employees meal breaks. However, if the employer does set aside a meal break and doesn't pay the employee for that time, then the employee is entitled to be completely relieved of duties. So, if you are not getting paid for the time you work through lunch and you are an hourly employee, then you would have a wage claim you could file with the State for the times you worked through lunch. As for the other issue if you think there is a workplace hazard, you need to report that to OSHA and they will come and investigate.
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