The Newburyport Daily News recently reported that Salisbury, Massachusetts police officer Mark Thomas has threatened to sue the town for firing and then rehiring him into a lower grade position than he held previously.
Can a Massachusetts employer demote an employee without legal recourse? The answer generally lies in the employer’s motivation. An acceptable reason is documented performance concerns. An unacceptable reason is the employer’s dislike of the employee’s ethnicity.
While it’s difficult to know an employer’s reason for taking such action, there are legal methods to prove it to the satisfaction of a judge or jury. Whether you’re on the employee or employer side of a demotion, it is worth your time to visit a Massachusetts employment attorney who can walk you through the legal standards.