Can an employer a national store chain cut your pay by $3 less an hour after you’ve been there for 12 years?

They say they are eliminating my job title Photo Specialist but I only got $1 raise to get to that title, so shouldn’t they just be cutting my pay by $1? I would be doing the exact same duties as I am now.

Asked on August 24, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If you have a written employment contract including a union contract which guaranties your salary, you may enforce it. Without a contract, however, you are an employee at will that means, among other things, that your employer may change your title, duties, responsibilities, etc. at will, at any time, for any reason, and in doing so, is not required to be fair or consistent. d on what you write, it is within an employer's discretion to eliminate a job title and, in the process, reduce an employee's wages--even reducing it by more than the raise which the employee received to get that title in the first place. It appears that what you describe is legal.


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