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Employer ask you to take a new position without details of pay?

I currently work for Bright House Networks/Charter Communications and changes
to the large cable company merger is in place.

My current position is being eliminated, and another position is being offered.

No severance pay is being offered to our division, but other divisions have
been offered the same job or severance instead. Most of the other divisions
have taken severance package.

Both departments of human resources and managers keep giving me the runaround,
and want me to make a decisions without a written offer.

I have been told there is no other option, except unemployment and to just
give it a try.

I have asked about salary, bonuses,and requirements before accepting verbally
this new position. I have only been told verbally salary, and its even lower
than last meeting it was mentioned.

I have no written offer of the new position, but have been told to just
accept it verbally over the phone.

There are 30-40 of us employees who are all getting the idea that the company
is looking to let us go without severance, by pushing us into an unwanted
position. Then eventually leaving or getting fired from the challenging role.

I just want to know if this is legal?

Asked on October 3, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is legal: there is no law requiring an employer to give you the details of a position before you accept it (and, after all, since employment is "employment at will," they could tell you the details then simply change them later anyway, if they wanted: among other things, employment at will means that an employer may change the compensation, duties, title, etc. of a job at any time, for any reason). They also can try to make the job unattractice, in the hopes that employees will later quit. Unfortuantely, while what you describe may be unfair and unethical, it is fully legal.

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