Is it legal to make an employee to change jobs?

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Is it legal to make an employee to change jobs?

The director of the non-profit I work for has imposed me to go from a administrative job to a sales job despite my reluctance and lack of qualification. In addition, the reason I would be changing positions has nothing to do with the quality of my work or any circumstances provoked by me.I don’t want to work the new position and would like to know my options.

Asked on August 25, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Do you have an employment contract or union/collective bargaining agreement the prohibits this action? Does it constitute some form of leaglly actionable discrimination or retaliation? If not, then this re-assigment is perfectly legal. The fact is that most employment is "at will" which means that a business can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes having an employee change positions within the company. For your part, you can either comply andmake the switch, complain about it and risk termination, or quit.

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