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Hello, my 55 year old husband had a minor stroke 5 weeks ago, he stayed in the hospital 1 day and went back to work 2 days later. My husband plays an important part in the company that he works for. He has been open with them about his condition. And now they are telling him that they want him to sign a paper stating they are cutting his hours ( which is his pay) down to 25 hrs a week and will reassess 12/31/17. His neurologist has put no work restraints on him. They had no problem with him working 60-70 hrs a week before the stroke. The paper needs to be signed today we are not sure what are legal right are. We know its short notice but we have been trying to reach a lawyer for a couple of days with no luck. We need to know our legal options, and should he not sign this paper.

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

Massachusetts

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

Full time employment.

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

That at this point we need to know if my husband should or should not sign the change in employment paper , which says he agrees to the cut in hours and pay. Also they say in the letter that they are bringing in another person to do his job

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Employment Law
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Employment Lawyer: Gerald, Esq, Attorney replied 10 months ago
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Employment Lawyer: Gerald, Esq, Attorney replied 10 months ago

Hello,

Thank you for your patience and thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow-up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

Your husband should NOT sign this agreement until he meets with an employment attorney. It sounds like the company may be engaging in discriminatory actions against your husband, There may be age discrimination as well as discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Even if your husband is not disabled, if they treat him like he is and take actions that negatively affect his employment that too is a violation.

In addition to contacting an Employment Attorney your husband may wish to file a complaint with the Massachussets Commission Aganinst Discrimination:

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-commission-against-discrimination

This agency is charged with regulating employers on these issues. It will cost him nothing to file the complaint and it is the first step before he can take legal action in any case.

You can use this link to help you find a local employment attorney:

http://lawyers.findlaw.com/lawyer/practicestate/Employment-Law-Employee/Massachusetts

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