Any employee in the permanent classified service who has
been suspended, demoted, or dismissed may appeal to the commission
within 14 days after receipt of a copy of the written charges by
filing a written answer to the charges. Such an appeal is not
available to an employee who is not in the permanent classified
service except as provided by rules of the commission. An employee in
the permanent classified service who has not served the time
designated by the commission as probationary for the class may be
demoted to the class from which promoted without recourse to an
appeal or hearing by the commission, except as otherwise provided by
rules of the commission; and provided, that such demotion does not
result in the separation of the employee from the permanent
classified service. Nothing in this section shall operate to alter
the protections guaranteed under Section 88128.