Apex, NC asked in Employment Law for North Carolina

Q: My employer cut my salary 10% due to moving from NV to NC, which have similar cost of living. Do I have any recourse?

I work remote and moved from Las Vegas, NV to Cary/Apex, NC to try to live a more green and active lifestyle while keeping *some* costs slightly down, however, cost of living is not that much different in both these areas, yet my employer cut my salary 10%. When I asked if they could provide more information on how they came up with 10% they said they use a certain software. I find this to be very out of sync with reality, as it would be one thing if I was moving out of the CA Bay Area, New York, or Boston, but, from NV to NC, that 10% round number is just wrong. I am paying the same in rent and slightly less in insurance and internet, maybe, but definitely not enough to justify a 10% cut. Plus here I have a 5% state income tax that I did not have in NV. While I acknowledge I moved on my own desire, their logic seems flawed and I find it unjust, as evidence shows cost of living is similar. I am basically accepting this reality, but still wondering if there would be any recourse.

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Ina Shtukar
Ina Shtukar
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Do you have your employment contract handy? I would need to examine what was promised to you at the time you accepted employment. NC Wage and Hour Act may have been implicated, here if your employer failed to pay wages as promised.

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