OK, so a friend of mine has been working at a company for about 3 years. He was a systems admin/infrastructure guy forever before that and the company he is working for now is trying to change the job description to make him work in more of an infrastructure / support role to leverage his past experience. He is not happy about this and will probably refuse as his current role is not IS related intentionally and he stated when he started that he wanted to get out of that career line.
So far he has been really sturdy in his stance and there is a big wig meeting coming up where he suspects he will be given an 'either-or' condition or ultimatum.
His current role is 40hours and is mostly busy.
He has constantly won awards and praises for excellent service and exceeding expectations etc. despite this current role and career line being new to him - he has and continues to save the company big money and time where he is now. It is widely accepted that if he leaves his current role, the department will descend into widespread chaos and possibly a revolt will break out. No kidding, he is a nice guy who gets everything done.
What are his rights? Can he refuse a job change, I mean legally, and practically, is this possible and is it a wise move?
He asks this because he is not a 'people person' and will probably look like he is being obstinate in this upcoming meeting, any advice - how to deal with this forced move, can the move be refused etc.?
Thanks for your help/suggestions.