Can I sue my employer for not giving me raise in over three years?
Question Details: I've been at my job for over four years, in that time I've had only one performance review, and haven't gotten a raise since my first anniversary. I've asked a few times for a raise only to be turned down without a satisfactory reason. Can I sue just for the money I would have earned with an reasonable cost of living raise?
Most employment relationships are what is known as "at will". This means that the employer can hire or fire someone for any reason or no reason whatsoever, as well has an increase/decrease in salary/hours as they see fit. In turn, you can work for an employer, or not, your choice.
The only exceptions to the above would be if there is a stated company policy covering this, or there is a union/employment agreement that governs, or this situation has arisen due to some type of discrimination.