Los Angeles, CA asked in Employment Law for Maryland

Q: Manager hired the same position I already hold. Just had an “exceeds expectations” review. Vague about this new person.

I’ve had my job for 11 mos. now & just had a 4/5 review & 6% salary increase. 3 mos. ago, saw an internal posting for my same job title! I asked Hr & they said I’m doing well & not to worry. My mgr posted it, so HR said I could ask my mgr for details. My mgr never mentioned it until after my positive review last week. It was an FYI; no details were given. She also hedged any questions, throwing out scenarios as to why this double position could make sense-it was all hypothetical. Then she finally said she has an idea of what she wants them to do but she doesn’t feel she needs to justify her decision to me. I’ve never had this happen before. The company is <150 ppl and our team is currently at 4 ppl., not including the mgr. I also just saw one other team member’s job posted as well! It’s rude and lacking in ethics & fails to instill a transparent team environment at the least. She is also the daughter of the president of the company. Any advice/possible explanation of this situation?

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
Answered
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: This is not a legal matter or law question. Unless you have a written employment contract that says or provides otherwise, you are an at-will employee, meaning you can be fired at any time for any nondiscriminatory reason. Maybe they’re planning on replacing the more expensive payroll employees for cheaper labor costs, or maybe they are expanding the business and are hiring more employees in anticipation of that need. If you feel they are not being honest with you about your continued employment, then start looking elsewhere for a new job before they can replace you.

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