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I was recently;y demoted from my position as store manager…

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I was recently;y demoted...

I was recently;y demoted from my position as store manager and I want to know my rights. I feel it was not justified.

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

California

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

At will

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

?

Lawyer's Assistant: What confuses you?

I dont know what else I want the lawyer to know.

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Hello and thank you for the opportunity to assist you. My name is ***** ***** I will do my very best to answer your legal questions.If a person has no employment contract that limits whether he can be demoted, then he is considered an employee at-will. The employment at-will doctrine states that either the employer or the employee may change the terms of the employment relationship at any time and for any reason.Over the years, courts and legislatures have carved out narrow exceptions to the employment at-will doctrine for illegal discrimination and retaliation, but they are exactly that -- Exceptions. If the exceptions don't apply, then the courts will simply view the change of the terms as a lawful business decision, and therefore, such a decision will not be overturned even if it was unfair or can be proven to have been poorly made. It sounds harsh, but it's that same principle that allows the employee to demand a raise or quit that job if he were to find something better. In other words, the employer is not shackled to the employment relationship any more than the employee is shackled to it.So, in your situation you need to determine whether you believe that the demotion was due to illegal discrimination. If so, then you may have a case, and you may wish to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is responsible for investigating illegal discrimination in the workplace. Once the EEOC investigates, it could agree that illegal discrimination took place, and attempt to work out a settlement with the employer. If the EEOC cannot work out a settlement, or if the EEOC does not find that there was illegal discrimination, then a person can request a right to sue letter, which gives that person the right to sue his/her employer for violating the law.You can file a charge by following the instructions found here: https://www.eeoc.gov/employees/charge.cfmDoes that answer your question(s)? Please let me know if you need clarification, as I am happy to continue helping you until you are satisfied. Also, please remember to provide a positive rating via the stars (and note that your positive rating is the only way that I'll get credit for helping you, so it is much appreciated!). Thank you. :)
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