Is it legal for your Employer to deem you ineligible for a raise?

My employer sent out emails that is asking all employees to sign two
waivers, in order to be eligible for a salary raise, if we refuse to
sign, then we are ineligible for a raise.

Asked on April 27, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It is completely legal unless you already have a written employment contract (including a union or collective bargaining agreement) guarantying you raises; when there is no contract, there is no right to a raise--an employer may freely decide if, when, and under what conditions to give employees a raise, and never has to give raises at all if it doesn't want to. Therefore, your employer can require that you sign waivers to be eligible for raises; the employer could even decide to terminate you if you don't sign the waivers. So it is legal to be deemed ineligible for raises; this is all a consequence or effect of employment (when there is no employment contract) being employment at will.

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