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I was hired as a social worker by Henry Ford Hospital on 11/2/15 and received an offer letter listing the compensation package. Now, I have applied for the raise (stated as 5%) after obtaining the ACM certification, and am being told that they realize now that I have been overpaid all this time, so I will not receive the entire 5% (actually they are indicating I'll only get approximately 2% raise. Can they do this legally?

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

Michigan

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

I just received an email from my supervisor after me questioning the amount included in my paycheck due on 3/9/18.

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

No, don't think so

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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: This is general information for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. There is no specific course of action is proposed and no attorney-client relationship or privilege formed within this conversation. (You may also be offered a phone call, but those don’t come from me and are offered by the website and you are under no obligation to accept.)to hear about this situation.

I am sorry to hear about this situation. Please explain what they mean by "overpaid?" Are you being paid MORE than your contract states, or, EXACTLY what your contract states? (Forget what was discussed verbally for the moment - focus on the contract amount as stated in the contract.)

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
exactly the same
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No just plz answer

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If they made the mistake in the contract, it is their fault. That does not mean that they can back out of it. It is well established in Michigan that: "a court of equity has power to reform the contract to make it conform to the agreement actually made." To obtain reformation, a plaintiff must prove a mutual mistake of fact, or mistake on one side and fraud on the other, by clear and convincing evidence. Casey v. Auto Owners Ins. Co., 729 NW 2d 277 - Mich: Court of Appeals 2006.

If they made a major error, such as adding a few extra zeros, and the mistake was obvious, then it can be voided. But a slightly higher wage is simply presumed to be the result of extra negotiations. They are bound by it, and one arguably does not have to pay it back. Also then, if the contract guarantees a raise once a certification is granted, this is also binding.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
no plz answer the question

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