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My son in law was told to either accept a significant reduction in pay or resign his job

My son in law had been employed as a restaraunt manager for several years in the state of Missouri. He has a three year old daughter and a nine month old son. Within six weeks following the birth of each of his babies he was transfered to a new city.


After refusing a transfer to Kentucky he was sent to a store in Branson Missouri. He retained the title of manager but had in effect been reduced to an assistant manager.

Last week he was called and told to go to the Springfield store to work the overnight shift. with less than two hours notice (about an hour away) This he was unable to do because he could not find child care for the children on that short notice and my daughter had to work.

His employer told him to accept a significant decrease in pay or resign. He chose to resign. Can he collect his unemployment benefits.


Hi Anonymous,

How significant was the reduction. And did he reference the pay reduction in his resignation letter? .. if he wrote one.

You know what kind of information employers search for quite often? How to increase employee moral or how to improve employee retention.

I have one word to employers asking these type of questions. RESPECT!

By the way, Missouri is an attorney state and a useful website for Missouri unemployment claimants is Timlaw

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Oct 18, 2009
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by: Anonymous

And what I mean by his final pay is that when he was called in to the office they had a check ready with everything he was owed. His last paycheck and vacation pay. They did not however pay him for the remainder of his contract which was up in March.



He had an employment contract? Did the employer's action of reducing the pay violate the contract?

Considering this latest information, I think it might be a wise idea for your son-in-law to consult with an attorney and file for unemployment.

The reduction in pay is SUBSTANTIAL. It's a 37.5 percent reduction. Substantial is usually the word used by states to describe when good cause may exist for quitting with regard to a reduction in pay or a change in the conditions of employment, but as I said Missouri is an attorney state .. which simply means that it is one of a very small number of states that actually requires that if you pay a person to represent you at an unemployment hearing .. they must be an attorney.

The mention of an employment contract is another matter. The concern should be whether the employer breached that contract. He should find out.

Oct 18, 2009
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by: Anonymous

He still retained the title of General Manager at the Columbia Mo store. He was actually working as an assistant manager at the Branson Mo. store. He had been traveling back and forth between the two stores. So yes in essence he was demoted.

Oct 17, 2009
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by: Anonymous

He was being reduced from a salary of $800 a week to a salary of $500 a week. No he did not write a letter of resignation. The decision had already been made as they had his final pay waiting for him when he was called in.


What do you mean .. his final pay? Was the reduction due to a demotion?

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