A er, friend of mine works for a school which is losing a lot of students. This friend of mine signed a contract that was supposed to guarantee her 24 hours of work a week (with the work hours written right on it) until the end of June with a salary that was (barely) enough to subsist on with a contract completion bonus at the end of it worth $30,000.
Because of the largely reduced number of students attending the school for the summer, however, the school has offered her an 8-hours a week position which comes right in the middle of most buxibans’ hours so she couldn’t pick up any work to supplement her income if she were to stay and the income due to the reduced hours would be enough to pay her rent but not be enough to cover her cost of living as well. Remember, she has a contract for 24 hours a week until the end of June.
The school has already offered her position to other teachers in the school who are already working full-time so they wouldn’t be affected by the reduced hours monetarily because she expressed concern over the hours not being enough for her.
What recourse does this friend have about her contract being reneged under these circumstances? Essentially, she is going to have to resign her position because of the lack of students, although it is not her fault as the school is undergoing a massive crunch in numbers. Will she be able to get the pay she should have received if they had honored her contract as written? Should they have to buy out her contract for not holding up their end of the bargain? Will she be able to recuperate her contract completion bonus since she would have completed it if it weren’t for them changing what they had promised on it?
What should I tell my friend who’s being kept up all night with anxiety attacks and stress?