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Tina, Attorney
Category: California Employment Law
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Experience:  JD, 17 years experience & recognized by ABA for excellence in employment law.
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Can my employer decide to re-structure the company, demote

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Can my employer decide to re-structure the company, demote me, and reduce my salary?

Hello and welcome.

My name is XXXXX XXXXX my goal is to provide you with excellent service today. I am very sorry to hear of your difficult situation. Before I can give you an accurate answer to your question, please provide the following additional information:

Do you have an employment contract with the company that they may have breached by taking this action? Do you have any reason to believe you may have been discriminated against on the basis of your race, age (40 or older), gender, disability, or other protected status?

I look forward to assisting you as soon as I have received this information. Thank you.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I do not have a contract, it is an "at will" employer. I don't have reason to believe that it's discrimination; however, I am the oldest employee at this site.

Hello again and thank you for providing this additional information.

As an employee at will, an employer can typically restructure and demote and even terminate employees to meet their business needs. However, there are exceptions to the employment at will doctrine which prohibit an employer from selecting employees based on discriminatory or retaliatory motives.

Since you are the oldest worker at the site, that could be construed as circumstantial evidence of age discrimination if other similarly situated employees who were significantly younger were treated more favorably or if you are replaced with a significantly younger employee who is not more qualified for the job. If one of these circumstances exists and you are 40 or older, then a claim for age discrimination could be made and you could pursue it along with compensatory damages by first filing a complaint internally.

If the employer does not promptly resolve the situation through their complaint process, then a charge of discrimination should typically be filed with the state Dept. Fair Employment and Housing.

If you wish to pursue such a claim, then it would also be best to retain a local employment law attorney to represent you and guide you through the process.

If you have any reason to believe some other form of discrimination or retaliation is involved, please let me know and I would be happy to address that as well.

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