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Junior Member
What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state?Minnesota.
I had a job at a local car dealership. They decided to cut my pay by more than 20%. The law stated that was not OK. I was awarded unemployment. But I did not want to quit. They would not negotiate. I ended up quitting and filing and receiving unemployment. Can I sue? I liked my job!!!


Senior Member
No you can't sue. Being awarded unemployment benefits does not mean this was a wrongful termination.

The law stated that was not OK. No it doesn't. Your employer was free to reduce your pay.


Junior Member
OK, now I am confused, because I was awarded unemployment based on the fact that my employer reduced my wage by more than 20%.Am I missing something here?


I'm a Northern Girl
It is quite possible that your state laws allow for you to receive unemployment if your pay is cut by 20%.

However, that does NOT mean that it is illegal for an employer to cut your pay by 20%. The fact that you received unemployment does not mean that your employer acted illegally. It means only that you qualified for unemployment under the definitions your state has established.

Too many people have the idea that there is a correllation between receiving unemployment benefits and an employer violating the law. There isn't. In the very large majority of cases, even when an employee receives unemployment benefits, the employer acted legally.


Senior Member
Ditto to what cbg said. All receiving UC means is that you did not leave your employment for a reason that would make you ineligible for unemployment benefits. It has nothing whatsoever to do with whether or not your employer acted lawfully. Cutting your pay was not illegal even if the State subsequently rules you are eligible for unemployment benefits.

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