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Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. I am very sorry to hear abotu the situation you are faced with, especially because you are in it because you were trying to do the right thing.
As far as the law is concerned, I'm afraid you would not have any recourse. The reason is simply because employers have the authority to set schedules and to change the terms of employment at any time for any reason not amounting to discrimination on the basis of a legally protected trait, such as race or religion. There is nothing against the law about treating a friend or "buddy" more favorably. It's unfair and a poor business practice, but it just does not violate any law.
So, all you can really do in this situation is attempt to reason with your employer and this employee to get your hours back. You should make it clear to them that you were only offering your hours so that this employee would have money for Christmas, and that the change was never intended to be permanent. Most people would be understanding of this, but ultimately if your employer does not want to do the right thing here there is no law which says they have to.
I hope that you find this information helpful and am genuinely sorry if it is not what you were hoping to hear. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.
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In any event, it was a pleasure assisting you and I would be glad to attempt to assist you further on this issue, or a new legal issue, if needed.
Very best wishes.