Work VS Worship

  • rebelbeard

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    Apr 04, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    I need everyone's opinion on a situation I am going through. I just started working at this restaurant a little over a month ago part time. My schedule was Wed night, Saturday day, and Sunday all day. Well I have recently been moved and have started attending service at a Unitarian Universalist Church on Sundays. So I requested that I no longer work on Sundays because of that. There is another employee who would love to work that shift, so I thought it would be OK to change my availability since they could just replace me with him. I spoke to my manager about it and he wasn't thrilled, but he said it was OK.

    That was on Saturday. The schedule came out today for this upcoming week and they do not have me on the schedule at all. My name is on it, I just have no shifts.

    I feel like they are now discriminating against me because of my new found belief and taking Sundays off to follow that belief. I didn't cause the business any harm or damage. They have someone else available to work that shift. They just personally do not like him.

    What are your thoughts? Do I have a leg to stand on if they do let me go?

    Val
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    Apr 04, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    Did you ask for the entire day off on Sundays? Services can't last all day. Sunday is a huge day for restaurants.
  • rebelbeard

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    Apr 04, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    Yes I did. I asked for the whole day so I could do things after church like volunteering there. When I found out someone else who didn't work Sundays wanted that shift I thought it would be an easy swap.

    Sundays are also not a big deal in this restaurant. Sometimes I dont have a table for hours. More importantly though there is someone available and willing to work. I don't see why I am being punished.
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    Apr 04, 2011 6:51 AM GMT
    You did get what you wanted.

    Talk to your manager who makes the schedule about your schedule.
    Your special request could be offset if you offer your manager to help out with a problem the management might have. Perhaps offer to work an undesirable shift (usually one of the slow shifts).