Can i be demoted for my availability changing and can they take my raise?

hi. i was just wondering i have worked at the same place since last august from what i have heard i do really good. they would not let me be promoted because of my availability, which i accepted but now they are wanting to demote me because of my availability. my question is are they allowed to do that and are they allowed to take my raise away?

1 answer  |  asked Jun 11, 2010 9:12 PM [EST]  |  applies to Illinois

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John Otto
Unless you have an employment contract (most people don't) or are a member of a union, the employer can pretty much do what they want as long as they are not taking actions because of your race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status and a few other items.

So, the short answer (if you are not in a union or have an employment contract) is "yes." They are not required to give you any specific job classification or to pay you any specific wage. But it gets even worse. They can fire you, even though you are doing a wonderful job and have not done anything to deserve firing.

Illinois is an employment-at-will state which means the employer is free to do whatever they want (except for certain specified exceptions) and if you don't like it you can work somewhere else (or at least that's the theory.)

posted by John Otto  |  Jun 12, 2010 03:00 AM [EST]

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