Can m employer demote me if I won’t lie?

My employer wanted me to lie to a state inspector about the ages of students in the daycare. I refused to do it, so I was demoted.

Asked on April 8, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

In an "at will" work relationship, absent some form of actionable discrimination, an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This, unfortunately, includes demoting an employee for any reason or no reason at all. Therefore, unless your treatment violates the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, it is legal. At this point, you really should consider changing jobs, then you could report them. If you report them now you could lose your job, although you may then have a claim for unlawful "retaliation", but leaving might just be best.


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