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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1 Lawyer Answer

A: More information is needed here. Did he test positive for COVID? I would recommend reaching out to an employment law attorney in your state. There is a possible argument for retaliation under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act if he did test positive. Otherwise, more information is needed regarding his illness.

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