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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 came as officer was being redeployed overseas
    A three-time combat veteran and undercover officer is suing his state agency employer after being demoted. The demotion came as the officer was being redeployed overseas and a new administration was taking over in the state Capitol. Read more on this news related to 'Demotion'
  • Nick Fairley 'really focused' after shock of demotion wears off
    The demotion of Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley to second team has brought out his intensity after an initial shock, MLive.com has reported. "That's what happens when you take what you've learned in practice and actually apply it to the game," defensive end George Johnson said. Read more on this news related to 'Demotion'
  • The secrets behind Nationals' closer Drew Storen's success
    In late July of 2013, Drew Storen's big league career took a detour. The Nats (second) 2009 first round pick had struggled to a 5.95 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 47 appearances, earning a demotion to Syracuse to work on some mechanical adjustments. Since returning on August 16 last season, Storen has been a completely different pitcher. Let's examine why. Read more on this news related to 'Demotion'

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