Demoted and was forced to quit my job

Last week I was force to quit my job because my boss said to me that my clients was not happy with my work and they do not wish to work with me and that's why he had no choice but to demote me to be an assistant again. I was promoted to video editor last August. During the next 14 months since I was promoted, I had never received any complain from my clients nor has my boss or supervisor told me that I wasn't doing a good job. I had received a bonus in June. My boss has also told me that I was doing a good job and he want me to stay with the company for a long time. Then, last Monday I was called into his office and was demoted and humiliated. There were several reason for him to said that to me, one, he hired his friend back with a huge salary, second, there were other people he just hired that could do my job, third, he didn't want to pay for unemployment and other additional severance pay. Do I have a case against him? What kind of case? Is it Equal Opportunity? or Discrimination?

1 answer  |  asked Oct 9, 2001 12:02 AM [EST]  |  applies to New York

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Joseph Heppt
Re: Demoted and forced to quit my job

Ordinarily, under New York law, without a written employment contract or some evidence of discriminatory intent, an employer can terminate an employee for any reason or no reason at all. This is called the "employment at will doctine." In your case, assuming you did not have a written employment agreement for a specified period of time, you would need to show some evidence of discrimination. In order to do so, you would need to establish 1. that you are a member of a "protected class," i.e. a female and/or a member of some minority group and that 2. your former employer's true motive for firing you was discrimination.

posted by Joseph Heppt  |  Oct 9, 2001 08:40 AM [EST]

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