I was just informed yesterday that I was receiving a 20% pay cut from my employer. No reduction in hours. A drastic reduction in commissions. I work at a call center and was told the campaign I was working on is no longer active. I was called into my mana

I was just informed yesterday that I was receiving a 20% pay cut from my employer. No reduction in hours. A drastic reduction in commissions. I work at a call center and was told the campaign I was working on is no longer active. I was called into my managers office with 4 other people present some were not from HR and I felt intimidated and mocked. I received a raise prior to working on this campaign to 11hr then switched to another campaign and subsequently received another raise to 12 hr all plus comm. I thought it was because of my ability. I have been employed for almost a year. Can I file for partial unemployment benefits, should I quit entirely and file for unemployment, is there any advice for a lawsuit or general advice you can give me? I cannot pay my bills on the reduced rate of pay.

1 answer  |  asked Jul 12, 2016 11:13 PM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

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Arthur Schofield
The employer is free to change the pay rate going forward, not retroactively. It is then your decision to accept or not those new terms. If you quit, however, you will not be eligible for unemployment benefits. Those benefits cap out at $275 per week. If you are earning less than that per week as a result of the reduction you could be eligible for some benefits, but not any more than would be needed to make up the difference to the $275 per week. For example, if you earn $100 per week from the employer, you could recover only $175 from unemployment. Hope this helps.

posted by Arthur Schofield  |  Jul 13, 2016 05:51 AM [EST]

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