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If you have a written contract for employment, then it depends on the wording of that contract as to whether or not your salary can be changed and how it can be changed. You need to get a copy of the contract to determine that part, but let us presume the term of the contract was not specified or the contract stated it was at will for now since you do not know what the contract states.
If the contract stated it was at will, or if the contract did not have a fixed term and in that case it is presumed to be only for a year and can be modified after that, then the salary can be changed with ADVANCE NOTICE to the employee
before the employee works for that pay. The law does not specify what type of notice must be given in advance of changing the salary, it can be verbal or written, but it still must be given before the employee works any time at the new pay rate.
Thus, if the employer sent you an email notice of changing your pay, if you were at will or your contract expired, this is permissible under the Fair Labor Standards Act and wage laws. If the employer changed your salary without notice to you at all in advance of you working, then you have 2 years from that date of change to file a wage claim either in court or with the Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division and they can force the employer to pay you back pay for the time when they never gave you any type of notice of the salary change.
Again, if there is a written contract for a specified period of time, then the salary change would be based on the wording of that contract and generally would not be allowed until that contract expired and if they did make a change contrary to the wording of the contract it would be considered breach of contract
and in Ohio you have 15 years from the date of the breach to sue for breach of contract.
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