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Retail chain slashes employees' hours, cuts health care benefits

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Updated: 8/17/2013 10:54 am
SEATTLE, Wash. (KIRO) -- Retail chain Forever 21 occupies a large space in downtown Seattle and in the hearts of its loyal customer. "They have good deals," said Michayla Tompson of Seattle. "They're fashionable. And I feel like with their pieces you can make it your own." "They're adorable," agreed Grace Blumenstein of Bellevue. "You can mix and match. Yeah, I really like the store."

ut what they didn't know -- until we told them -- is that the chain is cutting some full-time employees to 29 1/2 hours and taking away their health care coverage. This -- just as the Affordable Care Act kicks in -- requiring all employers to provide health care for anyone working at least 30 hours. It's a trend that seems to be happening across the country.

"I don't think it's very fair," said Blumenstein. "They're just taking them away, midterm, It's not right." "I mean, new hires, that's your new policy," her mother Deanna said. "(But) people that are here? It doesn't seem fair that they would do that to them."

Not fair, but is it legal? We put that question to Seattle labor lawyer Mike Subit. "Unless they are doing it for an illegal reason or unless it violates somebody's contract, they can do it," Subit said. "Whether it's a good idea or a bad idea, it's not an illegal idea."

It is an idea that does not sit well with loyal customer Michayla Tompson. "For the customers, it's like yes, but no one really pays attention to the employees, which is very unfortunate," she said. "I know if I was in that position, I'd be having something to say about it."

The employees' hours will be cut beginning Sunday. They lose their health care benefits at the end of this month.
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CaCo85 - 9/6/2013 10:26 AM
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This isn't about the HealthCare Law, this is about a Company's greed.

joewW07 - 8/18/2013 8:46 AM
2 Votes
"The Affordable Care Act" What a joke!! Obama said we needed it because there was 30 million American's uninsured....Well guess what? There will probably still be over 30 million American's uninsured when it is all said and done. A single person can not get Medicaid, and if they earn less than $11,500 a year(which is equal to a part time job) you do not qualify for Obamacare. A family of 5 that earns $24,000 a year dose not qualify for Medicaid or Obamacare.. So you see, this is not helping anybody and there will still be millions uninsured...smh

pe535 - 8/18/2013 7:20 AM
2 Votes
We were told over and over that this was going to happen. Well, let's say those of us who were really listening and doing our research and NOT just listening to Obummer and the dems saying or talking about this "free" or "affordable" healthcare! It's any thing but free or affordable. It will destroy our system and most people it will destroy the 40 hr work week. Most people can barely make it now. Can you imagine having less hours at work and paying double for your healthcare??? Think about that. Obama Bin Lyin said yesterday "it's your "RIGHT" to healthcare!! WRONG!! It's NOT a right. We will be waiting 10 months for a knee replacement for hip surgery. Think about that people and start screaming at your Reps in DC to defund this piece of crap.

Truthseeker - 8/17/2013 10:15 PM
3 Votes
The Libs can thank Komrade Obama and his cabal for this.

nativejax - 8/17/2013 3:59 PM
3 Votes
Wishmistress, she doesn't live here, she live's over in the State of 'Denial'.. lol, Why should she care though, with all the freebies and entitlements, to fall back on atm.

wishmistress - 8/17/2013 3:03 PM
4 Votes
Are you paying attention,..... tlynn? ......It's NOT going to get better!
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