Was it legal to change my starting pay after I signed the offer they gave me?

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Was it legal to change my starting pay after I signed the offer they gave me?

I was given an offer of 24.50hr to start, I accepted the offer and quit my other job.
When I started on my first day they had me sign a different offer of 20.50 I had no
job to go back to and I had to pass a 90 day probation. I felt like I had no alternative.
This was years ago and have been working under this guys thumb ever since.

Asked on April 15, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, unless you had an actual written contract for a FIXED or definite period of time (like a one-year contract), your pay could be changed at will. In the absence of such a contract, all employment in this nation is "employment at will" which means, among other things, that your pay is totall under the employer's control. Only a written contract for a set period of time overrides that and locks in your compensation (and other terms of employment) for the duration of the contract.


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