Can my employer threaten my brothers job if I don’t step down from my position ?

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Can my employer threaten my brothers job if I don’t step down from my position ?

My employer of almost 18 yrs told me if I didn’t step down from my
position they would have to lay my brother off. Then they put a man who
doesn’t have near the experience that I have in my position and moved me
to an office job. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a woman or what, but I
have given my all to this place and I don’t deserve to be treated this way.

Asked on November 15, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Actually, in an "at will" employment relationship, a company can fire a worker for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. That is so long as this action does not violate the terms of any applicable union agreement/employment contract. Accordingly, if your brother has no such protection then, yes, he can be terminated. As for your demotion to a less experienced male employee, as a woman you may or may not have a claim for sex discrimination. However, based on the limited facts presented it's hard to say for sure. At this point you can contact your state's department of labor and/or consult directly with a local employment law attorney about your situation.  


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