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my husband and i,working in the same office for over 6 years ,he is also my supervisor on and off for those years and has been my supervisor for the last 7 months, now they want to take me out of the office dont know where they are sending me or shift or pay.they have been no complaints.
Asked on June 11, 2009 under Business Law, New York
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 11 years ago | Contributor
New York is an employement at will state, which means that in the absence of a contract, collective bargaining agreement to the contrary, employers have a great deal of flexibility in hiring, firing, reassigning, etc. employees. They can do these things for any reason that is not discriminatory or otherwise illegal--e.g. they can't discriminate against someone for age, race, religion, etc.--or indeed for no reason at all. Therefore, it is most likely the case that your employer cann reassign you, whether to a different department, physical office, position, etc. They can also reduce your wage, again, as long as it's based on a discriminatory reason for violates some written agreement or policy. If you don't like or want the reassignment, you only option is to quit/resign.
Most employers, btw, would not let one spouse be another's supervisor for *any* length of time. It creates a liability and morale risk for them--that other employees may conclude that favoritism is being show to the spouse--and also risks pulling personl/family issues into the workplace.
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