Does your employer have to tell you if you are demoted or not?

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Does your employer have to tell you if you are demoted or not?

My 1 year lease with my roommate was up 5 months ago and it then changed to month-to-month. I moved out and turned in my keys/garage remote but my roommate stayed. He told me he was moving out at the end of the month and I thought everything was fine. He ended up not moving out and he stopped paying everything for 3 months after. The rental company says I’m still on the hook because the lease was never terminated. What are my options? I really don’t want this on my credit report.

Asked on January 27, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that in an "at will" employment relationship, absent legally actionable discrimination,  a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes who to demote, when and why. This is true unless a worker has protection against such a change under the terms of a union agreemnt or employment contract. Bottom line, your employer is under no duty to inform you of a demotion. That having been said, if the demotion involves a pay decrease, then you must be informed of this and you must be informed before the reduction takes effect. You cannot have your wages lowered after the fact; a retroactive pay decrease is illegal. Such a decrease can only be for work to be performed going forward. 


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