Poughkeepsie, NY asked in Employment Law for New York

Q: i have a question on information i have received while i'm on furlough i'm getting demoted when we return w/o reason

I was called by my direct supervisor that they want her out of corporate dept so they offered her my management position without reason.

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V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: See what happens after you return from furlough and gather as much information when that happens. If your pay stays the same, is that an adverse employment action? You will not know until you return and get all of the details. If they ask you to sign or agree to something speak with a lawyer before you do so. Quitting is usually never recommended. If you line up another job keep that confidential as well. Hearsay is sometimes just that and if the rumor was an attempt for you to leave or find another job, it apparently will not work; at least not until you find another job. If you see bias or discrimination at work try to document it and make sure you have all of your performance evaluations, employee handbook, and documents before you leave because no law requires New York employers in the private sector to provide those to you once you are gone unless your own contract or your union's contract requires doing so or unless you can obtain those records through a FOIL request. Good luck.

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