Do I get paid for a promotion at work?

I worked for 3 months in a new position, yey my pay stayed the same. I asked for back pay but was denied.

Asked on October 19, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless you had a written employment contract or union agreement that provided you got a raise with your promotion, then you are no legally entitled to more pay, either now or for any past work performed. If, however, you were promised a certain pay raise, worked believing that was what you would be paid but your empoyer failed to give it to you, then you would have claim. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of actionable discrimination). This includes when to give a raise in pay to a worker.

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