Illinois like most states is an employment at will
state - meaning the terms and conditions of your employment may be changed for any reason that is not otherwise a violation of law. These exceptions are the civil rights protections (e.g., age, race, sex, religion), violations of public policy
(e.g., fired for attending jury duty
, for refusing to break the law, for reporting illegal activity by the employer (aka a "whistleblower
violation"), or having some contractual right to a just cause employment (meaning the employer cannot terminate you without industrial due process - which basically insures a fair and accurate investigation and decision).In your case, if your contract promises a certain number of hours per workweek and does not allow the employer to change that at will, then the employer cannot change those hours. Even if they do not have work for you, they must provide the $ of those hours...otherwise it's a breach of contract
. So, where you stand now, you have a claim of breach of contract against this employer for not living up to the contract terms. You could sue them...what most clients would do is find another position then sue them for the balance $ owed.