Job Elimination

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Job Elimination

A new position was added to my 3 person team which would bring us to 4 people. The job title was one I had been asking for for 2 years to be promoted to. The responsibilities outlined for the new position were exactly mine, plus 1 extra duty. I am a former manager and I could see clearly that we didn’t need a 4th person. Also, I needed no help with my workload. I asked if my position was going to be eliminated and I was told no. I asked to be supported for the new position a promotion for me doing the exact same work I’d been doing for 4 years with no bad review and was told by my manager that I would not be supported. It turns out, she wanted her friend to get the job. Once the friend got the job, they eliminated my position. Either my manager blatantly lied to me or she has no idea that the work load of her team did not need 4 people. Either way a poor manager. I was laterally moved to another position that I hate. the work is nothing I enjoy and the new manager is difficult. Do I have any recourse? My old manager really screwed me.

Asked on January 13, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, New Hampshire

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violated the terms of an exisiting employment contract or union agreement, I'm afraid that it was leggal. In an "at will" work relationship, a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit, absent actionable discrimination. Further, a worker can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.


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