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Assigning you two different work would be legal. However, assigning you a different wage rate without discussing that with you beforehand is a breach of contract. The law is that employers are at will and they can change the terms and conditions of your employment at any time for any reason, absent an illegal reason, however they cannot just change the terms of your pay and then after the fact tell you work for a lesser amount. Now with the change of duties, you know your duties are being changed before you do them so impliedly you agreed to the different duties but you never agreed to the different wage rate.
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Can they do this without asking me? - No, it's a breach of contract. they can require you to do this, yes, because they can change the terms of your employment at will. It would be your choice to accept or reject that change - i.e., continue working or quit. Hope this answers your questions. Thanks.
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