Should I Choose Firing Or Demotion?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about demotion:

My boss told me I either have to take a lower position or get written up so I can be fired. I don’t feel like taking the six dollar an hour pay cut. Plus, I produce the highest amount of sales so I’m deserving of it. What do I do?

Signed, Can’t Decide

Dear┬áCan’t Decide:

It sounds as though your boss isn’t impressed with your high amount of sales! I would guess something else is going on and your boss hopes the tough choice you’ve been given will encourage you to leave and save your employer the trouble of firing you. That may not be the case but it certainly sounds like it!

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Wrongful Demotion

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about demotion:

Can I be demoted from a position at my job due to theft or negligence of other employees or the owner? I am manager but even if it was not done on my shift is and I wasn’t there?

Signed, Threatened With Demotion

Dear Threatened With Demotion:

Owners and management want to find someone to blame whenever there is a serious loss of property. It appears from the little you say that you think the theft occurred during a shift in which you weren’t on duty. Of course an investigation will have to determine when and who might have stolen whatever is missing. Can you be blamed and might you be demoted? Possibly. Should you worry? Probably not if you have a solid record of managing what has been assigned to you. Owner/managers pretty much can demote and fire whomever, whenever, and for whatever good reason or no reason, just as you can quit for whatever reason or no reason. That is what has come to be known as the “at will doctrine.” Union contracts and some laws concerning discrimination have modified that doctrine, but most workplaces with few employees have no such protection.

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