Do I have a chance to fight this?

I was a salaried employee. Without warning or reason, my pay was cut about $12,000. I was cut from salary and put on hourly. I also went from a full-time position to a part time position, working 25 - 30 hours per week. Were they allowed to do this?

1 answer  |  asked May 13, 2010 7:08 PM [EST]  |  applies to Pennsylvania

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Christopher Ezold
Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania or Federal law apply, unless otherwise specified.

That being said, in Pennsylvania you are an 'employee at will' if you do not have a contract. That means that your pay and job duties can be changed at will by your employer (but NOT retroactively). Unless you are being treated differently than other employees due to your race, gender, age, disability, etc., the employer may change your job or pay, or terminate you, without any warning and without good reason. Similarly, you may quit your job or refuse to perform certain tasks without warning or good reason (although the employer can terminate you for such refusal).

It does not appear that you have a legal claim in this matter.

If you would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to contact me at the below address(es) or number.

/Christopher E. Ezold/
Chair of the Board,
Magellan Leadership Group

Nancy O'Mara Ezold, P.C.
One Belmont Avenue,
Suite 501
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
(610) 660-5585

posted by Christopher Ezold  |  May 14, 2010 06:22 AM [EST]

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