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The general rule is that employment in the state of CA 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 or modification is fair, reasonable or even true.
This means that you could have your job duties changed with our without your consent, regardless of whether you requested a change. The modification would only be illegal if you could prove that it was happening BECAUSE of a legally protected trait or activity, as defined above.
It is important to understand that simply being a minority does not make all adverse employment action against you illegal. It's only race discrimination if it's happening BECAUSE of your race. It's the motive that matters.
Here, your employer would no doubt respond to a race discrimination complaint by explaining that your change in job duties was a response to the issues you were having and your statement that you can't go on anymore. It doesn't matter whether the new position is what you thought it would be, all that matter is your employer being able to prove that they aren't doing this to you BECAUSE you are a minority, and given your prior statements and complaints, they would almost certainly have no trouble establishing this. And remember, if you can't establish that this is happening to you because of a legally protected trait or activity, your employer is free to change your job "at will," without regard to what you want or what is fair.
Of course, you are under no obligation to sign a contract with terms of employment that are unacceptable to you. If the terms are unacceptable, you can always attempt to negotiate. But be mindful of the relatively limited leverage that you have. As a long-term successful employee of this medical facility, you are no doubt valued, and your employer would not want to see you go. That gives you some leverage. But in terms of the legal exposure your employer faces if you refuse the new position, there probably isn't any. In short, this is a situation that really needs to be handled on a personal level rather than a legal one.
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