CanI be demotedfor no reasonand replaced by my boss’s husband?

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CanI be demotedfor no reasonand replaced by my boss’s husband?

I was demoted from my supervisor position with no write-ups or bad reviews. I was replaced with the boss’s husband who was the janitor. Is this illegal in NY or just a company policy issue?

Asked on April 19, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, New York

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

While unfair, it is perfectly legal.  That is unless this is a violation of existing company policy or you have an employment contract or union agreement that provides otherwise.  Also, discrimination must not play a role here (although it does not appear to based on the facts presented; nepotism is not illegal).  In the majority of employment arrangements, employment is "at will".  This means that an employer can hire or fire an employee for any reason or no reason whatsoever, as well has increase/decrease salary/hours, promote/demote, and generally impose requirements as it sees fit.  In turn an employee can choose whether or not to work, or continue to work, for an employer.


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