Portland, OR asked in Employment Law for Oregon

Q: So i recieved a call from my District Manager today, as i am a Store Manager at a Verizon store in Salem, Oregon.

He told me that the store i managed is closing down ( due to cost of business vs revenue brought in ) he stated it wasn't sales related it was just what traffic we had gotten. With that being said my only 2 options are to " take severance " which he stated to be " like 2 weeks pay " or to transfer to a different store in town and me demoted to "wireless consultant" which is the entry level job position. What am i aloud to do? If i leave the company because i would be taking a SERIOUS pay cut ( approximately 800$ a month ) would i be able to get unemployment? Also, is them demoting me not non performance reasons legal? PLEASE HELP. Ive been given " a little less than a week " to make my decision..

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: You should be eligible for unemployment benefits if you take the severance, but ultimately that is up to the employment division.

Yes, it is legal to terminate your employment in this way. This is an at-will state, meaning you or your employer can terminate the relationship at almost any time and for almost any reason, or no reason at all.

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