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There are two legal issues going on here. First, in regard to your pay, it cannot just be changed after the fact. It is a breach of contract to do that, and you have a wage complaint if that results in less pay to you. Second, one cannot just be changed to salaried absent them being in one of the potential classes that qualify for the exemption - namely the employee would have to be a manager, executive, professional, or outside sales person to qualify and be paid at least $455 per workweek. The explanation given to you makes no sense in this regard - - a "pay bracket" would not justify a change from hourly to salary. But some occupations that are historically paid hourly (e.g., nurse) are in fact eligible for a salary pay structure and the employer could make that change if it wanted in that instance.
Ask the department of labor to intervene. They can make the determination of whether you are able to be salary exempt. You can contact them here https://www.dol.gov/wecanhelp/howtofilecomplaint.htm. Other than that, if you earn enough per week and are able to be salary exempt the employer can make that change into the future.
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