Can my company legally demote me?

I haven’t informed the company I work that I will be putting my house on the market and moving out of state. I will continue to work there until I find a job closer, as I will only be an hour away. However, now the company wants to demote me before I have given a written notice and sold my house or moved. I am salary and work about 46 to 47 hours. The demotion would be a loss of pay.

Asked on February 15, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Do you have rights against being demoted under the terms of an employment contract or union agreement? If not, then I'm afraid that you have no claim here. The fact is that absent some form of legally actionable discrimnation, a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. This includes who to demote, when and why. In fact, a worker can be demoted (or even termiated) for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.

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