COMMON TRICKS EMPLOYERS USE TO SAVE THEMSELVES MONEY
- Sudden policy enforcement: is your boss suddenly filing small nitpicky complaints about you with HR?
- Paper trail problem: Is your supervisor keeping a paper trail of small mostly subjective issues with your performance after you filed a complaint about your workplace.
- False Layoffs: Has your company claimed layoffs for failing business and only let go of a couple employees or only employees that fit into a particular group?
- Passive aggressive nudge: If your manager makes you miserable at work in an attempt to get you to quit on your own so they can’t be accused of wrongful termination, this can be classified as harassment and hostile environment.
- Suspicious timing: Were you “laid off” or fired right before you were due for a raise, promotion, increase in benefits or other monetary increase?
- Sick leave termination: According to the Family Leave Act, workers are entitled to specific time off. Were you fired as soon as this allotted time was up?
- Sudden disability issues: Were fired from a position you held on the grounds that you were suddenly too disabled to perform that same job? Whether the job description changed, or the employee was injured this may be discrimination and wrongful termination.
EMPLOYER OVERTIME TRICKS
- Surprise, you’re a manager: Were you given the title just to make you exempt from overtime? Your actual job duties determine if you get overtime pay, not your title. You can see the Manager Exemption here. Do you make less than $28,800 a year? Then you probably qualify for overtime.
- Working Off the clock: Just don’t do it! You cannot be required to perform any job requirements off the clock. This includes changing into a uniform at work, closing duties at a restaurant, making a bank deposit after work, etc…