Helena, MT asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Montana

Q: I feel like I was targeted and demoted in an effort to force resignation. Is there anything I can do?

I was promoted in june. Since then I haven't received 50% or more because of poor food cost or because of poor inspections. I feel like this was the first effort to Target me. I was a diligent employee for 13 years never missing a shift and working extra whenever needed. The problem is the would do the inspections when I wasn't there to defend myself and they would mark things wrong that were perfectly normal. This is also the second time. The deli manager before me was demoted the same way and forced to quit.

1 Lawyer Answer
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Columbus, OH

A: Unfortunately, no. You live in an at-will employment state, meaning you can be terminated from your position for any reason or no reason at all, without warning. The only exception to this general rule is if you feel you are being targeted for termination for an unlawful reason based on a protected class (i.e. your race, your sex, your religion, your age (40+ only), or a disability).

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