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  • Urgent: Can my employer demote me for no cause? Oklahoma Oregon

    I was recently advised by my employer that they are "demoting" a large group that includes myself and as a result of this we are going to lose the additional pay we recieved when we were promoted. When I questioned this, I was told the decision was based on business needs. They are saying it was never a promotion just a " differential" for taking on additional duties, yet I had to apply, interview, and compete for the job. I was given a new title, a pay raise, and my annual date was adjusted to reflect the new position. Can they take this away due to "business needs" or am I entitled to keep the pay raise? This is in OREGON
    Last edited by mrscarolynmackay; 03-03-2007, 11:22 PM. Reason: error in state

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    As long as you are given advance notice of the decrease/demotion, it is legal.
    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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    • #3
      Thank you

      DO I have any recourse if I feel the decisions was applied unfairly, for example, I have been in the position for 7 months and was selected for demotion, but another employee who was promoted only 8 weeks ago is being left in the position.

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        They are not required to use seniority as a determining factor. The only way you would have any legal recourse would be if there were a valid and supportable reason to believe that you were selected for demotion/pay cut BECAUSE OF your race, religion, national origin or other characteristic protected under the law.
        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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