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purposes, I must inform you that I am not licensed to practice law in Arizona. However, I believe I can answer your questions, regardless. You asked:
I need help on how he can correct this problem, what he should do so he may reinstate his paid assistance for his PAs and not have it taken away due to this current job. Can he legally ask his employer to lower his rate of hourly pay so that he falls below the magical $2,000 Gross Income per Month?
A: This isn't a bad idea, actually. Frankly, I would not have thought of it. There's some question as to whether or not it would be a fraud on the government. However, since the alternative is that your son must quit his job, the reason for the pay reduction is not to cheat the government out of its money, but rather to be able to maintain employment. Whether or not the employer would consent to the pay cut is unknown -- but if your son simply states that unless his pay is reduced, that he will have to quit, that could be sufficient negotiating leverage. It's an odd circumstance, for sure. Should he retain an attorney? Who in Tempe, AZ, would be the best for him?
A: The only reason to retain legal representation
is if your son intends to sue the government for misrepresentation. It's not at all clear that the statement of the government worker is something that your son was justified in relying upon in deciding whether or not to seek employment. This could be a long, drawn out and expensive legal battle, with associated attorney's fees, and a low likelihood of damages sufficient to compensate the lawyer for his/her efforts. Therefore, a lawsuit would seem to be a dead end.
Hope this helps.