I HAVE BEEN A SUPERVISOR FOR A VERY LUCRATIVE COMPANY FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW. THE OTHER DAY I RECEIVED A " REDUCTION IN FORCE" LETTER. IN THE LETTER IT STATES THAT IF THEY DON'T GET NEW WORK OR GET DIFFERENT SCHEDULES, ETC THIS REDUCTION WILL BEGIN SOON. THE LETTER ALSO STATES THAT THIS LAY OFF WILL BE A PERMANENT LAYOFF. BUT WITH THAT BEING SAID - I WAS TOLD PERSONALLY - I HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT, THAT THE WORSE CASE SCENARIO FOR ME WOULD JUST A DEMOTION.
Unless you have an employment contract guaranteeing you a specific amount of work and compensation, I don't see you have any real recourse. I'm under the assumption you're an at-will employee. In which case your employer can reduce your hours or terminate your employment for any reason so long as it's not based on discrimination. Your question indicates that it may be based on reduced work being brought in to the company. My opinion is that your employer could legally terminate employees to reduce labor costs.
If you believe your being selected for this reduction in force based upon a protected trait such as your gender, race, age etc. you may have a discrimination claim. It would really just depend upon the circumstances.
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