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Can an employer penalize an employee for going to college? i.e.

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Can an employer penalize an employee for going to college?
i.e. in order to work around my sons school schedule, he will be removed from full time "status" and lose his medical/other benefits. However, he will still be working full time hours.

He works for Walmart, which is of course open 24 hours a day.

He is in California, I am in Florida. (he doesn't live with me). I am making this inquiry on his behalf.
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Will your son be working the same number of hours?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes. He will be working 32+ hours a week, which is what he works now.

Hello Greg,

Unfortunately, as an at-will employee, Walmart isn't obligated to provide your son with benefits and can revoke them at any time for any reason with or without any prior notice.

It is only restricted from doing so if it were discriminating against your son due to discrimination based on a protected characteristic (such as race, gender, national origin, ethnicity, or sex).

If not, while it would be extremely unethical, inhumane, and unfair for Walmart to take away your son's health benefits, it isn't illegal for them to do so.

Ir realize the above information is not what you wanted to hear, and I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX had better news to give you, but I hope you appreciate a direct and honest answer to your question.

Thanks and best of luck!
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