What are my rights if my employer has suddenly announced that it will no longer subsidize parking?

My company has always had a $100/month parking subsidy (parking in my office is $250/month and there are no safe alternative parking lot options nearby). They’ve just announce that in 60 days there will be no more subsidy, which will cost employees $1200 per year. Is this legal?

Asked on October 30, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Did your employer promise to subsidize your parking indefinitely? For example, via the terms of an employment contract, union agreement or even company policy? Also, does this action constitute any form of actionable discrimination or retaliation? If not, then this policy change is perfectly legal. The fact is that in an at-will employment relationship (and most work arrangements are), an employer can set the terms and conditions of employment much as it sees fit or deems necessary.


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