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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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  • Slimmer Nick Fairley wins job back as Lions starting defensive tackle
    Allen Park — Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley said his demotion to the second-string defense this summer opened his eyes to what the team needed from the 2011 first-round pick. Read more on this news related to 'Demotion'
  • Chef helps Lions' Nick Fairley get serious about diet, earn back starting job
    Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley said his demotion to second string this summer opened his eyes to what the team needed from the 2011 first-round pick. Read more on this news related to 'Demotion'
  • Fairley back in Lions' starting lineup
    Nick Fairley's demotion to second string was a wake-up call, the Detroit Lions defensive tackle said Monday. He had struggled with his weight in the preseason, drawing the ire of coach Jim Caldwell. Fairley got the message and on Monday was told he would start alongside Ndamukong Suh against the New York Giants in the season opener on Monday night. The Detroit Read more on this news related to 'Demotion'

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