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Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.
Why do you think your request was refused?
i have no idea. I have been working at this firm for 11 years and felt it was time just to reduce my hours slightly
There is no general right to reduce your hours and whilst you may submit a request to your employer, they do not have to accept this, even if others have been granted theirs in the past. This will only be a legal issue in one of the following circumstances:
the majority of employees have been those coming back after maternity leave and also in a different department??
Those coming back after maternity leave have the statutory right to request flexible working and the employer has limited reasons on which they can reject their request - this does not apply to you unfortunately. Those in different departments could have been granted their requests because their specific department can accommodate it, but that does not mean you have been discriminated against because discrimination can only happen if it is due to a protected characteristic as described above
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yes it has been answered thanks
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