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    Ok, this is my situation....
    A few months ago, I was recently promoted as a supervisor. I was receiving rave reviews about my performance and everything was just great. Then my direct boss came to me and told me that one of the government guys threatened her and told her that if I remain supervisor, that he will take the contract from her. This guy has been in the government for over 30 years, and is about to retire soon. We had a great rapport and even golfed together. The issue between us came about when I would want to supervise my crew and did not have as much time to sit around and chat all the time with him. I had a job to do. Therefore my boss received this threat and became very upset, telling me that she hate to do this, and I am the greatest, and please do not leave, but she must take my position back in order to keep her contract. She said that I would keep the pay that she gave me so not to worry about it. So my position was taken and given to an extremely less qualifies guy who had no where near my experience and excellent track record. Anyhow, just this week, my boss calls me in her office again and says that now she has to take my money back. This is really a bad situation and I am seeking advice. Is this legal?
    Last edited by RU4REAL; 08-09-2007, 04:01 AM. Reason: put name of company

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    http://www.laborlawtalk.com/showthre...211#post907211
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    • #3
      As unfair as this sounds, I don't see anything illegal in it. Unfortunately, having a client threaten the loss of a contract (and a government contract at that) unless a certain individual is demoted or fired, is not illegal on its face, at least for the company being "threatened".

      Relative to your pay, while it was more than likely the "right" thing to do (under the circumstances) to not lower your pay rate, apparently your boss was overruled. Short of an employment contract prohibiting such demotion/pay reduction actions, there's really no legal recourse for you. If you look at it from the business aspect, if you're not supervising a crew, you don't get supervisor's wages.

      Tough break, I'm sorry.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by mlane58 View Post
        NOW ya tell me.
        I don't respond to Private Messages unless the moderator specifically refers you to me for that purpose. Thank you.

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        • #5
          I was demoted, and for no reason. She said that she really likes me, but if she keeps me in my position that she will loose her contract. A government employee threatened her. Just because I want to be about my job and go home, and not take all my lunchbreaks with him and talk about golf all day, he turned on me and this was a result of that.

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          • #6
            Did they retroactively lower your pay or is this going forward? If you were already paid and they want their money back, there is a problem. http://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/wa...hangeofpay.htm
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            • #7
              Originally posted by RU4REAL View Post
              I was demoted, and for no reason. She said that she really likes me, but if she keeps me in my position that she will loose her contract. A government employee threatened her. Just because I want to be about my job and go home, and not take all my lunchbreaks with him and talk about golf all day, he turned on me and this was a result of that.
              That however, is not illegal. It means you have rotten taste in friends, but it isn't actionable unless you had a contract for the position you were in.
              I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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              • #8
                No, this is going forward. Yes it is a terrible situation. Well thanks you guys for your replies.

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