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We had two people quit recently leaving us with only 2 people to cover 3 shifts. My boss is requiring me to work 10 and 12 hour shifts. Yesterday he told me I had to work today (Saturday) from noon until 10 pm. I was also informed that we will likely be working 7 day weeks until August.
I have had to change my daycare schedule, leave my son at daycare for 10+ hours, incurr charges, lose days I paid for, force my partner to lose wages due to leaving his job early to pick up our son. When I told my boss I couldn't work Saturday, he informed me it would be considered an unapproved absence so I buckled and worked.
Thing is, this is not the first time this situation has happened. But it is the first time I have had a child. Last time we had this situation in my department, there was another woman with a young child. She was given special hours, from 8am to 4pm (shifts are supposed to be 6am to 2pm), not made to work extra hours or change shifts because of her child care requirements.
So my questions are: Is there anything legally I can do? Does it count as discrimination? Can I quit over this and file for unemployment? Can they legally treat 2 people in the same position and situation so differently? I am at my witts end here! Don't know where to turn for help.
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