Employment Law

Employment law questions? Ask an employment lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I am pharmacist with Walgreens. I have been with them since…

Customer Question
I am pharmacist...

I am pharmacist with Walgreens. I have been with them since my graduation in 1982. I did move to Japan twice in my career as the accompanying spouse of a Caterpillar engineer. I have been back in the USA since 2006 and have been employed full-time since then. Two weeks ago I was told, with no warning, that I was being replaced in my full-time staff position. I am being made a floater pharmacist and only being promised 32 hours a week. The staff position is 40 hours per week. I have been given no documentation as to why I am being relieved of my staff position. I am a 57 year old white female. They are replacing me with a 30 year old white male. I have asked for contact names and number and emails so that I can contact who is responsible for this decision. I have been given nothing. The pharmacy manager of my store and the store manager did not know this was going to happen. The district manager will not give me a straight answer. I have gone one step about him to the regional manager, but he won't answer my calls. When the district manager told me of this change 2 weeks ago, I asked him if I would still get 40 hours. He nodded and said yes, 40 hours. I received an email from him an hour later stating it would only be 32 hours. I don't know what to do. Do I need to hire a lawyer to get to the bottom of this? I want my position back.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Illinois

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

Full time

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No I don't think so

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Employment Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
9/18/2017
Employment Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 8 months ago
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle, Lawyer
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 11,468
Experience: Licensed to practice before state and federal court
Verified

Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. Do you mind if I take a moment to review your question?

Please keep in mind that our conversation does not include an attorney-client relationship and this is for general information purposes only. Additionally, most people believe a phone call is the easiest and most efficient way to handle problems. Accordingly, you will receive an automatic phone call request. If you would like a phone call, please click “Accept” when prompted.

Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Employment Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

I'm sorry to hear about this situation. Generally, employers are allowed to make changes to people's pay, schedules, and hours without any justification so long as it is not a discriminatory reason. On the other hand, state and federal law prohibits an employer from making some sort of adverse employment action against a person on the basis of their gender, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation,age, national origin, or disability. In your case, if you ever reason to believe that you may have been discriminated against on the basis of your age or race, then you may want to consider filing an EEOC complaint. It is possible that a company vent is the size of Walgreens has in EEOC coordinator with whom that you can communicate to explain your concerns and they can conduct an investigation to find out if this is the case. You may also bring a separate lawsuit or try to mediate this matter on your own. Otherwise, the employer would be allowed to take this action even if it harms you. If for some reason this is a violation of your contract, then this is something that you may want to consider as well. If they had to get your approval or if they could only reduce your hours for some reason stated in your contract, then they need to abide by that. If they do not, then this could be a breach of contract and you could be entitled to damages as a result.

Also, although I provided an initial answer, it’s important that you are 100% satisfied. If you feel I have done so, please rate me 5 stars and let me know if you have any follow up questions. As a side note, you can also click here in the future to request me individually.

Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I just did more reading on the Walgreens website and found out that Walgreens is an "at will" employer. What does that mean for my situation?
Employment Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

“At-will” employment simply means that an employer can make changes to your employment status, including pay, termination, promotion, and demotion, whenever they want for any reason or no reason at all, so long as it is not discriminatory. For you, this means that they may have the right to do so. What could be your saving grace is if you can point to a discriminatory reason for them doing this or if you could point to something in your employment agreement with them that prohibits them from doing this. What other questions did you have for me?

Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Legal Eagle Your Own Question
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle, Lawyer
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 11,468
11,468 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Licensed to practice before state and federal court

Legal Eagle is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I must thank you all for such a positive and knowledgeable Expert in your Employment Law category. She has provided much relief and answers for me in the midst of dealing with a case. I am totally pleased with her customer service and care.

MildredWashington, DC

Excellent direction from Socrateaser to help me preserve and pursue my rights as a proud American who has become unemployed in this messed-up economic downfall. Thank you

Happy CustomerDenver, CO

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

8,184 satisfied customers

JD, BBA, recognized by ABA for excellence.

Allen M., Esq.

Allen M., Esq.

Employment Lawyer

12,976 satisfied customers

Employment/Labor Law Litigation

Marsha411JD

Marsha411JD

Lawyer

12,406 satisfied customers

Licensed Attorney with 29 yrs. exp in Employment Law

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Lawyer

12,335 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping employers and employees.

JB Umphrey

JB Umphrey

Lawyer

6,273 satisfied customers

Assisting employees and employers for over 14 years.

John

John

Employment Lawyer

3,991 satisfied customers

Exclusively practice labor and employment law.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

3,007 satisfied customers

I provide employment and discrimination law advice in my own practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Employment Law Questions
My case is a employment law case. I was terminated on
i was terminated on 8/2/2017 and asking the court for my job back,. … read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
19,591 satisfied customers
My employer advised I was being promoted and moved to a
Hi my name is***** employer advised I was being promoted and moved to a different work site . What was once a 22 mile round trip turned into a 100 mile a day trip. … read more
Allen M., Esq.
Allen M., Esq.
Employment Lawyer
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
12,976 satisfied customers
Did not receive settlement money when stated but the EEOC
Did not receive settlement money when stated but the EEOC says it is binding if I received the money even if late. … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I have a case before the EEOC now. And is now with the
I have a case before the EEOC now JA: Was the EEOC case discussed with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer? Customer: yes and is now with the Commission federal sector JA: Is the workplace "at will" or … read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
19,591 satisfied customers
I have filed an age discrimination complaint with EEOC. The
I have filed an age discrimination complaint with EEOC. The EEOC has referred the complaint to mediation. Am I giving up any rights if I participate in mediation? … read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
I was fired in breach of contract, they can fire me without
I was fired in breach of contract, they can fire me without reason but they have to give 7 days notice. There was also workplace harrassment, bullying, retaliation, sexual harrassment, theft and unpai… read more
Attorney Wendy
Attorney Wendy
Member
Juris Doctorate
737 satisfied customers
If I file a complaint with the EEOC for disability
If I file a complaint with the EEOC for disability discrimination and my employer offers to settle, is that limited to the $300,000 limit or is that limitation only for those cases that are heard?I'm … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
32,629 satisfied customers
I am in the beginning stages of an EEOC investigation and I
I am in the beginning stages of an EEOC investigation and I am the charging party. After dodging the process for a while, my former employer who fired me after I reported a discriminatory employment p… read more
Eric Y., Esq.
Eric Y., Esq.
Law/J.D.
180 satisfied customers
Will the EEOC reconsider a case if they initially find it
Hi will the EEOC reconsider a case if they initially find it inconclusive if ask and more information is provided. … read more
Attorney Wendy
Attorney Wendy
Member
Juris Doctorate
737 satisfied customers
In Hawaii, can a. In Hawaii can a promotion that was
In Hawaii can a promotion that was discussed and promised at an annual review, be withdrawn without reason? … read more
ScottyMacEsq
ScottyMacEsq
Doctoral Degree
17,903 satisfied customers
I have filed with EEOC on the TDCJ Warden on Johnston for
Thank you, ***** ***** filed with EEOC on the TDCJ Warden on Johnston for sexual harressment, now I'm uncomfortable at work, what can I do? … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I just sent in an EEOC complaint regarding something that
Hi, I just sent in an EEOC complaint regarding something that happened over ten years ago. I was told a few years ago that my boyfriend got my boss to fire me because we broke up. The boss is an attor… read more
Allen M., Esq.
Allen M., Esq.
Employment Lawyer
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
12,976 satisfied customers
Have a question related to employment law. All of the
Have a question related to employment law JA: Was this discussed with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer? Customer: All of the above... JA: Is the workplace "at will" or union? Is the job hourly or sal… read more
Allen M., Esq.
Allen M., Esq.
Employment Lawyer
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
12,976 satisfied customers
In an EEOC investigation, can the investigator request a
In an EEOC investigation, can the investigator request a release for medical information? … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I have an EEOC claim pending against the Louisana Department
I have an EEOC claim pending against the Louisana Department of Education for retaliation for filing a grievance against my supervisor that resulted in my termination. I have also filked an appeal wit… read more
Attorney Wendy
Attorney Wendy
Member
Juris Doctorate
737 satisfied customers
I am a recently promoted supervisor at a major logistics
I am a recently promoted supervisor at a major logistics company. I have another female supervisor who was promoted a month after me, however is making a lower wage when she has longer experience as w… read more
Allen M., Esq.
Allen M., Esq.
Employment Lawyer
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
12,976 satisfied customers
I have an EEOC hearing coming up. I was terminated from
I have an EEOC hearing coming up. I was terminated from USCIS two years ago. The Agency lawyer was one of the designated management officials during my first EEO mediation. I learned later in reviewing the ROI that she served on the "management roundtable" and recommended that I be fired (which happened one year later). Later that spring I requested another mediation and the same agency lawyer was one of the designated management officials. Then when I was actually terminated, she represented the agency during my MSPB appeal. My question is, was it a conflict of interest to serve on the "roundtable" recommending my termination and then serve as a designated management official hearing my EEO complaint a few months later? It must have been pretty funny for her. I wonder if she shared the information that I was a short-timer with the other agency lawyer, serving as a designated management official. … read more
Edward Young
Edward Young
Juris Doctor
402 satisfied customers
Apart from breach of contract, when an employer a 1099
Apart from breach of contract, when an employer a 1099 independent contractor and provides information regarding policies and procedures (given months after a contract was signed) which must be follow… read more
John
John
Employment Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
3,991 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x