Can an employer decrease your pay without notice?

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Can an employer decrease your pay without notice?

I work for a company but I am contracted through a consulting firm. The pay and estimated length of my assignment for the company is 15/hr. 6 to 8 months. I started in January and stayed with the company for about 9 months. I didn’t notice until 9 months later that they decreased my pay after the 5th month to 14/hr. I didn’t get any notice. Can they just decrease my pay without any notice?

Asked on November 20, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Absent something in an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary, a pay rate cannot be decreased without first notifying the employee in question. While it can be changed for future work it cannot be decreased for hours already worked. At this point, you can either work out an arrangment with your former employer to pay you the difference, sue them in small claims court, por file a wage claim with your state's deartment of labor.


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