RE: DOES SENIORITY COUNT
As another respondent said: "seniority is but one quiver" in determining any illegalities of a decision.
Your statement/question doesn't state how many total years experience both the newly named manager and assistant managers have, nor does it state the educational backgrounds or anything about the job performances in former positions. All of these factors are considered when making promotional decisions.
Skills and aptitude testing scores are also considered, as are interpersonal skills.
One point I always make whenever the subject of seniority comes up is whether the person in question has 3 years of experience or 3 years of experience relived 5 times over. Some people just don't grow professionally for whatever reason. They don't want to, feel that the company "owes" them promotions just for showing up in a job. Those are not the people I want leading others.
When considering vaction or other leave time in relation to seniority - the question shouldn't even come up. Everyone deserves time off during the holidays. If one person continually gets prime days, that's not fair to others in the department/company, and can lead to a disguntled and resentful workforce. Turns should be taken. If anything should be considered, it should be job performance. Not seniority.
As for the new manager changing things...did you ever stop to consider that the changes are occuring, because they need to occur? The new manager was probably hired as a result of the ideas s/he expressed during the interviews, and upper management has approved the changes.
Regarding your friend's access to the Internet...does h/her job necessitate access? Employers are not required to pay for ever employee's access to the World Wide Web.
Both you "friends" sound like first class grousers. I'd remove myself from their acquaintence before you become similarly viewed.
>DOES SENIORITY COUNT OR STAND UP IN COURT? OR IS IT
>BASED ON EACH EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEE POLICY?
>EXAMPLE A EMPLOYEE IS NAMED MANAGER AFTER HAVING 3 YRS EMPLOYMENT WITH
>AND AND EMPLOYEE WHO HAS 17 YEARS EMPLOYMENT IS NAMED ASST. TO THIS
>THIS MANAGER IS CHANGING THINGS TO HIS LIKING, AND STATES THAT
>SENIORITY DOES NOT COUNT WHEN IT COMES TO EMPLOYEE VACATION, WORK
>SHIFTS, ETC ETC.
>THIS QUESTION IS FOR ANOTHER FRIEND WHO DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE
>I TOLD HIM IT'S UP TO THE EMPLOYERS POLICY, HE ASK IF SENIORITY WILL
>STAND IN COURT IN THE EVENT SOMEONE FILES A DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT
>AGAINST THE MANAGER OR CO.