Advised I have 24 hours to accept a demotion with 40% pay cut. Salary will equal my starting salary from 14-1/2 years ago.
Thank you for your question.Sorry to hear about what prompts it.What does your written employment contract say??? Don't have one? If there is no contract, the employer can do anything he or she or it wants any day, for any reason or for no reason. If there is a verbal employment contract, the problem is always proving what who said when.What do the written policies and procedures say??? Sometimes even without an employment contract, *significant* and unfair departure from internal practices *might* support a wrongful termination claim if it goes to getting fired, or a "constructive termination" case, perhaps with some prohibited discrimination element, if there is some way conditions were made so intolerable that any reasonable person would quit rather than put up with the nonsense.The word "demotion" makes it sound like the question includes some "for cause" allegations. Those can get tricky, because often the employer can make a good case for demotion as a merciful alternative to outright termination. Employers usually have to seriously botch up the documentation of what was allegedly done wrong for a "for cause" termination (or demotion) case. "Pretext" is used to describe those made-up excuses to jump or demote a worker who is really being discriminated against. When the worker in question does not "look like" the managers and/or the rest of the workforce, the longer the employee has been working with ZERO record of bad behavior, the stronger the "pretext" case will be.Under these circumstances an in-person consultation with an attorney who can review your case file would be a very, very good idea. That would be the best way to find out whether there would be any high-percentage of success claims to pursue. There is no substitute for reviewing the facts AND documents in a confidential setting.Thank you.BAB._____If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to ask!Please remember to only rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. IF you feel the need to click either "Helped a little" or "I expected more", please stop and reply to me via the CONTINUE CONVERSATION link (to the right of the ratings box)with the issue you have. I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek.Please do NOT press the 1 or 2 blocks below because that leaves a negative rating and my mission is to assist you with further questions and follow up answers until you are satisfied, so I would appreciate it if you would ask additional questions of me OR press the 3 button (neutral) or 4 or 5 (both positive feedback) so that I will be given credit for this answer. THANK YOU
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