Dallas, OR asked in Employment Law for Oregon

Q: If you are offered a lesser position with lower pay & don't take it & are fired can you still get unemployment?

My boyfriend works for a cannabis farm & received a notice that they had lost faith in his ability to do his job after taking sick time for illness/COVID testing. They are offering a lesser position with a $11000 a year pay cut or he can leave/be fired.

If he chooses not to take the position can he still receive unemployment?

He is/was a salaried employee working 48+ hours a week & been with the company almost 3 years.

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

A: Potentially. The pay cut might be enough to provide good cause for quitting. See this for more details: https://www.osbar.org/public/legalinfo/1099_UnemploymentComp.htm

But it is always risky to quit.

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