Stabbed in the back? Ask the expert
I understand from your query that your employer decreased your hours due to financial constraints. It is not clear from your query whether you agreed to the decrease or when the decrease happened. If you agreed to your hours being decreased or you have worked for some time on the reduced hours without complaint then the company has validly decreased your hours. If however, you did not agree to the decrease and have objected, then you may have a claim for unpaid wages for the four hours you have lost each week. You could also resign and claim constructive unfair dismissal due to your employer breaching your contract of employment. Before resigning and bringing these claims I would advise submitting a written grievance and see whether this helps to sort the situation out to your satisfaction.
You also say that another person has been offered a job which you think is unfair because the company keep telling you they cannot afford to pay you the extra hours. It seems that their job is slightly different to yours because it involves being a Tutor as well as an Administrator. The company may need someone different to do this job, but you could ask your employer why you were not considered. You could raise this as part of your written grievance.
Tracey Guest is head of employment and a partner at Slater Heelis in Manchester.
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