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My employer gave me a raise 90days after hiring me so for

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My employer gave me a raise 90days after hiring me so for the last 10months I was at $9.25/hr. During which I have worked several shifts at different worksites same rate. Out of nowhere my pay rate dropped to $8 with out any prior notification is this leagal in the state of NC
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 9 months ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.

Because employment is at will, your employer can reduce your pay going forward at any time. The decrease is only effective for hours worked after you've been told about it. It is not legal to reduce pay for hours already worked, because you worked those hours based on the promise that the employer would pay a certain amount. If your employer will not pay the amount you're owed, the law allows you to collect double the amount they withheld, plus interest. N.C. Gen. Stat., Section 95-25.22.

You have two years to file a lawsuit, but you can also file a Wage Complaint with the North Carolina Department of Labor. Note that you have to wait at least 10 days after receiving your paycheck before you can sue.

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