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I verbally requested a Leave of Absence. It was verbally

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I verbally requested a Leave of Absence. It was verbally approved. Today i was told when i return to work it may be in a lesser position. From General Manager to Co-Manager. I was asked if i wanted to remain as GM and I said yes.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for the information, can you please tell me what your legal question is? Also, did your employer tell you why they would be making the change and is there any reason to believe it is for some other reason? Can you tell me why you are taking leave (in general) and would that reason qualify for FMLA?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My question would be is it legal for them to demote me. Having marital issues and having to move short notice.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I think the motivation for them would be because its easier to replace me than it is to have someone cover for me
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

Hello again and thank you for your reply. Unless the employer is violating a contract by doing so or is targeting you only because you are a member of a protected class under employment discrimination laws, they would have the right to make any changes in your employment status they deem appropriate. Missouri, like most states, is an employment "at will" state, which not only allows employers to make changes in the terms and conditions of employment as they wish, but also to terminate at will for any, or no, reason.

There are certain circumstances, in addition to what I mentioned above, where it would be unlawful. For example if someone qualified for FMLA and took time off under the Act. That Act protects job rights. However, if an employee takes a leave of absence for personal reasons, there is no job protection, other than what I mentioned above.

Please feel free to ask follow up questions if you have them. If not, if you could take a moment to leave a positive rating in the box above, I will receive credit for assisting you today. Thank you

Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

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