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My roommate works for a small property management company.

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My roommate works for a small property management company. They get all holidays off and paid. Today, her boss announced that she has chosen to close the day after Thanksgiving as well as the paid Thanksgiving holiday...but says Friday will not be a paid day and that she can't use any of her PTO toward it - it's just an unpaid day. Is that legal? To take away a 40 hr/wk employee's hours w/o pay?
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My name isXXXXX am a licensed attorney, and my goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Can you tell me the following:

1) Is your roommate an hourly or salaried employee?


2) Does your roommate have an employment contract with this company or is she an at-will employee?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

She is an hourly employee, 40 hrs/wk


She can't remember signing a contract when she started working for them last Dec. She is an at will employee.

Hello Katie,

I'm afraid that unfortunately, as an at-will employee, her employer can change her hours and terms and conditions of payment at any time for any reason with or without any prior notice.

This includes eliminating pay for holidays and not allowing employees to use PTO (which an employer can do when a business is closed).

While it is unethical and inhumane to take these hours away, especially around a holiday, I'm afraid that at-will employment allows her employer to do so.

This stems from the employment at-will doctrine, which is codified in California Labor Code Section 2922 and states:

"An employment, having no specified term, may be terminated at
the will of either party on notice to the other. Employment for a
specified term means an employment for a period greater than one

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for your answer - I thought that might be case, although, I agree that it is quite unethical.

Thank you, Katie. Happy to help and best of luck to you and your roommate!
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