Promised promotion that was processed but not delivered

I work for an organization that is non-governmental and non-union with an "at will" employment policy. I was given a promotion by the head of the agency who processed the paperwork for my promotion shortly before his own termination by the Board. Along with my promotion, he intended to embark upon a general re-org.

Once he was terminated, I was instructed by his replacement that my promotion was on "hold" until the re-org happened at an undetermined time in the future. I would, however, retain the salary they had negotiated with me as part of the promotion but I would not have the title or the responsibilities.

Do I have any recourse under the law to pursue litigation for a promotion that was promised and processed?

1 answer  |  asked Mar 16, 2004 2:12 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

Answers (1)

Janet M. Koehn
your mentor's gone

unless your promotion is being denied to you for a discriminatory reason, you have no recourse. political alliances in companies occur all the time. when a new team is brought in, it is natural that the former team's members and allies will not be given positions of authority. there is no "failure to promote" cause of action, unless the refusal was for a protected reason (discrimination or whistleblowing).
good luck
janet m. koehn

posted by Janet M. Koehn  |  Mar 16, 2004 3:32 PM [EST]

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