Can I be laid off for getting paid more?

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Can I be laid off for getting paid more?

Im currently employed threw a temp
agency and as of July 1, 2018 minimum
wage went up from 12 to 13.25. The
company I am working for has under 25
employees which does not qualify them
for that raise. Since I am not an
employee of the company rather an agency
that has more than 25 emplyees I
qualify. So now employees from company
know and have complained about me
getting paid more than them. I was told
by the boss that it can cost me my
position. Can I be laid off for that?
For something I have no control over,
it’s the law.

Asked on July 11, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you can be laid off for this, as unfair as it may be, unless you have a still-in-effect (unexpired) written employment contract preventing termination for this reason. In the absence of a written employment contract, all employment in this country is "employment at will." That means that you can be terminated at any time, for any reason whatsoever--even other employee's resentment over what you earn.


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