Can being demoted (to part-time status and without benefits) be considered a breach of contract?
How about a hypothetical case where the employer reduces the benefits, due to lack of hours, and wants the employee to voluntarily agree to the change in status and the employee refuses to agree to that request.
I understand that an employer can simply terminate the employee, at-will, in an at-will employment state any reason or no reason.
If the employer has no written policy concerning benefits for part-time employees, can an employee regard that demotion as a breach of contract and just cause for termination of employment?
How does good faith and fair dealing interact in this type of situation?