My boss is threatening to demote me for supposedly bad performance, what are my rights and options to avoid this?
About a month ago my boss "counseled" me. I'm a department lead for a national office supply chain; their copy center to be precise. I was informed that based on my recent performance he had the right/ability to fire me. He said he didn't want to, but that I would probably be looking at a demotion in a best case scenario. Yesterday I found out that he is indeed planning on demoting both me and 1 other employee. Both of our performances have been fine, and since the talk last month my performance and "dollars" coming in have been some of the highest in the company. What do I do now?
I'm afraid that you may not have too many rights/options here. In most states employment relationships are what is known as "at will", and FL is no exception. What this means is that basically an employer can hire or fire someone for any reason or no reason whatsoever, as well has increase/decrease salary/hours, promote/demote, and generally impose requirements as they see fit. You in turn can work for an employer, or not, your choice.
The exceptions to the above would be if there is a stated company policy contrary to the way in which your situation was handled, or there is a union/employment agreement that does not allow for such action, or this situation has arisen due to some type of discrimination (i.e., for reasons due to your race, religion, age, disability, sex, national origin). Absent any of the foregoing, your employer's action did not violate the law.