Is it legal for an employer to change your job title after you’ve been hired under a different one?

Asked on July 21, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, New York


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Was this done as some form of actionable discrimination? Do you have an employment contract, union agreemet, etc. that prohibits this? Does this change run contrary to company ploicy? If you answer is no to the foregoing, then your employer's action is perfectly legal. The fact is that in an "at will" work relationship, an employee can set the terms and conditions of the workplace as it sees fit; this includes changing an employee's job title (and pay, if applicable). For the employee's part, they have the right to either quit or accept the new title.

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