What are my boyfriend’s rights if my boyfriend was hired by a company and it changed his job title without him knowing but didn’t give him the increase in pay he was supposed to have?

He applied for that better job recently and his HR office informed him that he already had that job title. His manager confirmed what HR said and he also said that this job comes with at least a $3.00 pay increase. Is he entitled to retro pay for having this title and not the raise?

Asked on November 3, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, he is not entitled to the raise or the retro pay: employers have free discretion to set employee compensation and determine their duties and compensation, and can give someone more responsibility without more pay. Even if the company would usually give a raise for a certain change in title, they are not legally required to do this.

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