Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. I am very sorry to hear about this sudden transition for you within the company.
On a personal level, I agree that it is completely wrong how your employer has handled this. But unfortunately I must tell you that there is often a difference between what is "wrong" and what is against the law. Here, your employer conduct was clearly wrong but is not illegal and does not give rise to any legal claims.
The reason boils down to the fact that employment in the state of Georgia and South Carolina is "at will
" absent an express agreement to the contrary. At will employment can be terminated or modified for any reason not amounting to discrimination
on the basis of a legally protected trait (race, religion, gender, etc.) or retaliation
for engaging in certain forms of legally protected conduct (filing a wage
claim, taking FMLA
leave, etc.). It doesn't matter whether the basis for termination
is fair, reasonable or even true.
So, although what your employer did was wrong on a personal level, it just does not break any law. As an at will employee, your job can be changed at any time, regardless of what's fair and how long you've been with the company.
I'm afraid that all you can do here is attempt to reason with your employer, or seek alternative employment on more favorable terms elsewhere. You cannot, however, sue your employer to get back your previous position, or collect damages arising from this change in responsibilities.
I hope that you find this information helpful and am genuinely sorry if it is not what you were hoping to hear. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.
If you do not require any further assistance, please be so kind as to provide a positive rating of my service so that I may receive credit for assisting you. Very best wishes moving forward.