Being demoted due to illness. Hostile work enviornment.

UPDATED: May 26, 2009

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Being demoted due to illness. Hostile work enviornment.

I have been a Major with a local sheriff’s Office for the past 13 years. I have been out for back surgeries 2-3 times in the past 3 years, 20%disability US Army. I am being demoted to a Lieutenant and my employer stated its because Ive been out alot due to medical. They are also reducing my salary although Im an exempt employee. I have never been written up or counseled on anything adverse.

Asked on May 26, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia


B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

I think you need to talk to an attorney with experience in public (government) employment law, right away.  One place you can find qualified attorneys is our website,

While I'm not a Georgia lawyer, I'd be very surprised if they can do this to you without writing you up and giving you a hearing.  There are basic due process rights that have to be observed, under the U.S. Constitution, before the government can take anything involving liberty or property away from you, and that includes a government job.  There may be other laws that protect you as well.

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