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Is it legal for my employer to cut my pay more than 15%

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Is it legal for my employer to cut my pay more than 15% after receiving an excellent review and exceeding quotas consistently?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Louisiana

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

Full time

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

My agreed salary was $47,500 and they want to move to hourly from salary and cut my annual salary by $7500.

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Employment Law
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Employment Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 9 months ago
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Employment Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

Before we begin a bit more detail would be helpful please.

1. Do you have a written employment agreement for a fixed term requiring cause for termination, discipline or demotion?

2. Do you believe you were treated differently than other employees due to your race, religion, ethnicity, etc.?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
no
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
do you have an answer?
Employment Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

Thank you for the additional information. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.

Without a written employment contract requiring cause for termination, you are, in all likelihood, an at-will employee. As such, you serve at the whim of your employer. They can change your duties, compensation, schedule or even terminate for any reason or no reason at all.

The only exception is that any action taken against you may not be motivated by illegal discrimination (race, religion, disability, ethnicity, etc.) or sexual harassment.

If, upon further deliberation you think that may apply to your situation then you need to make a complaint to the EEOC as soon as possible.

Otherwise, without a claim, as described above, the courts view this as office politics and offer no judicial or administrative remedy. In other words, you would need to seek recourse within the HR department.

I am sorry. I wish I could tell you otherwise, but I do not want you spinning your wheels on this.

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Employment Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

Did you have further questions? Please let me know if I have answered your question.

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