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Demotion Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    demotion n : act of lowering in rank or position [ant: promotion]
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A demotion is a reduction in an employee's rank or job title within the organizational hierarchy of a company, public service department, or other body. A demotion may also lead to the loss of other privileges associated with a more senior rank and/or a reduction in salary or benefits. An employee may be demoted for violating the rules of the organization by a behavior such as excessive lateness, misconduct, or negligence. In some cases, though, an employee may be demoted as an alternative to being laid off, if the company is facing a financial crisis. A move to a position at the same rank or level elsewhere in the organization is called a lateral move or deployment. The opposite of a demotion is a promotion.

Within the continuum of disciplinary options available within most organizations, a demotion falls in the middle range of severity. Minor violations of rules, or the first violation of a rule will typically result in a verbal or written warning or a suspension without pay. At the other extreme, for severe violations of the rules, such as embezzlement or sabotage, an employee will typically be fired and/or the company will file criminal or civil charges. In sports leagues, when teams are transferred between divisions, the worst-ranked teams in the higher division are relegated (or demoted) to the lower division.

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  • Demotion begins for new Peoria children's museum
    PEORIA, Ill. -- Exploration and discovery. Its not outer space, but a new children's museum that will open in Peoria next year. Read more on this news related to 'Demotion'
  • Disgruntled executive shoots CEO, kills self in Chicago building
    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A senior executive upset about a job demotion gravely wounded the chief executive officer of his company in a downtown Chicago office building and then fatally shot himself, police said on Thursday. Steven LaVoie, the 54-year-old CEO of the Chicago software company ArrowStream, is in critical condition with gunshot wounds to Read more on this news related to 'Demotion'
  • Jay Culter taking second-team snaps. Demotion looming?
    So there was quarterback Jay Cutler during team sessions, working behind the No. 2 offensive line, throwing not to Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, but to Josh Morgan, Eric Weems and other members of the receiving corps. Read more on this news related to 'Demotion'

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