Is it legal for an employer to change your rate of pay to minimum wage for leaving job without 2 week notice?

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Is it legal for an employer to change your rate of pay to minimum wage for leaving job without 2 week notice?

I worked for a temporary agency, and I
found a better job. Unfortunately this
new job couldn’t wait for me to give a
2 week notice. Is it legal for them to
drop my rate of pay to minimum wage for
the remaining hours they owe me? This
happened in the state of Ohio.

Asked on October 24, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Wage rates can be reduced for hours not yet worked (absent an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary). That having been said, they cannot be retroactively lowered. Accordingly, as for any hours that you already worked, you should have been paid at your old rate. If you were not paid as you should have been, you can file a wage complaint with your state's department of labor or you can sue your employer is small claims court.


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