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demoting manager

Can an employer demote a manager to a position where he/she is under supervision of those once supervised due to “financial reasons”?

This tactic is lawful, but it is not a best practice and seems somewhat deceptive.

There is no law that would prevent any employer from demoting a supervisor to a non-supervisory position. In fact, this type of demotion occurs every day, especially if the supervisor is not effective. Employers have the right to make decisions based upon business necessity, and obviously any business needs effective supervisors.

The best practice in demoting a supervisor would be to transfer her to another department if possible, so that she was not working directly for one of her former employees. Unless both employees show unusual levels of maturity, this new arrangement is unlikely to work.

Your claim that this change is due to financial reasons is deceptive. You might eliminate the position of supervisor for financial reasons, but it would not be necessary to promote someone else over the former supervisor for that reason. It is better to be honest with employees about the reasons for actions, than to lie about it.

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