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  • Sales territory and account list changes...acceptable? California

    I work as a sales executive in California for a major corporation headquartered in New York.

    I have a sales territory with major accounts I have managed and developed over the past few years.

    While on maternity leave, our fiscal year ended and some sales people have been let go, the company has since realigned territories and account lists. They have given me a much larger geographical territory that will require me to travel much more and further in distance. They have also taken away my largest account and given it to my sales manager.

    Are these changes permissable while I am on maternity leave? I know there are Calif laws that protect keeping the same position. My position is the same but the territory is larger resulting in more travel than before. It feels as if the company wants me to quit as it will be much harder to travel extensively with a newborn.

    Thanks for any feedback.

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    I think you will have a hard time putting across the position that these salespeople were let go and territories realigned for the purpose of getting you to quit, and you do not have protection under either Federal or state law from changes that would have happened regardless of whether you took maternity leave or not. Can you provide any valid and supportable evidence to show that if you had not taken maternity leave, these changes to your position would not have taken place?
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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      It doesn't seem they made these changes due to you being pregnant/taking
      maternity leave. It seems employees were let go & the work needed to be
      "reassigned" among the employees still there.
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