If my employer gives me options to be demoted or laid off can I collect in California?
(Lincoln, California, USA)
I work for an Indian Casino in California. My employer gave me the option to have my position and wage reduced or be laid off. I want to know if I can be denied unemployment insurance if my employer argues it.
That's an astute question. And I might add, another clever employer tactic.
First there's something about your question that prompts me to ask if when you say "laid off" you mean that if you do not accept a demotion and reduction in pay the employer is saying there will be a "lack of work" or are they saying that if you do not accept a demotion and reduction in pay as discipline for a rule violation, you will be fired.
I need to be clear about what is actually going on so I can direct you to what I think is the appropriate information.