Can a company change my pay and position title without informing me?

Also, can they do so with out giving me a reason? Finally, if I went to corporate and I fell ever since then my bosses have picked on me? They changed my pay from $1000 a week salary to $13.50 a hour. They changed me from a supervisor to lead with put informing me. Also, as being paid as a lead I had to do supervisor responsibility and duties. Additionally, they kicked me out of my plant made and me work other plants to get the credit I did all this while they telling me that I was a supervisor when I was not. I went to corporate and after that the have been picking on me cutting my hours back and other things.

Asked on March 4, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

First, as to your change in title, unless such a change violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement it was legal, even if you were still performing supervisory responsibilities. The fact is that an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of actionable discrimination). As to your second issue, a worker's wages can be changed (subject to the above exceptions) but only for work going forward; that is for work not yet performed. Wages cannot be decreased retroactively; that is after the fact. If you were paid less but not informed of this until after you worked, then you have a claim here. You can either speak with an employmemt law attorney, sue in small claims court or file a wage complaint with your state's department of labor. If you file such a complaint and you are then treated in a hostile manner at work, that would entitle you to sue for retaliation as well.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

First, as to your change in title, unless such a change violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement it was legal, even if you were still performing supervisory responsibilities. The fact is that an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of actionable discrimination). As to your second issue, a worker's wages can be changed (subject to the above exceptions) but only for work going forward; that is for work not yet performed. Wages cannot be decreased retroactively; that is after the fact. If you were paid less but not informed of this until after you worked, then you have a claim here. You can either speak with an employmemt law attorney, sue in small claims court or file a wage complaint with your state's department of labor. If you file such a complaint and you are then treated in a hostile manner at work, that would entitle you to sue for retaliation as well. 


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