Legal Question in Employment Law in South Carolina

Lowering of employee's wages due to illness.

Can an employer lower wages on a salary base employee and always demote them to an hourly employee without written or verbal notice. This happened to my daughter, not once, but twice in the past year and I believe it was due in fact to her problem delivery of her baby and the next time was due to a hospital stay.

If you have any answers on how I may help her pursue this injustice.

Thank you

Asked on 7/31/00, 3:59 pm

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Alton L. Martin, Jr. Martin & Martin Attorneys, PA
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Re: Lowering of employee's wages due to illness.

South Carolina has a Wage Notification Statute which prohibits an employer from reducing a person's wages without 7 days prior written notice. An employee whose wages are reduced without prior written notice may be entitled to 3 times the amount of the unpaid wages plus attorney's fees. The employee must object to the reduction and file suit within 3 years.

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Answered on 9/14/00, 3:39 pm

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