Job or Slavery
My last job they kept cutting all of our pay in half and then making the salary people work more and more on 40 hrs of pay. I’d work 235 hrs in 2 weeks and get paid for 40 and half pay! I added up the hours i did in 1 month I did over 3 months of work in 1 and was only paid for 1. And I’m not exaggerating, they actually brought cots in for a project so everyone had to pull all nighters! A lot of my department would sleep at their desks cuz they’d be to tired to drive home. I’m talking 8 am- to 3 am shifts each day. If you left before midnight you were scoured at.
The company had a policy of “team spirit” so we had to act positive and smiley all the time or you’d loose your job. It made things way more stressful having to put on a fake show from 8 am to 3 am shifts. AGAIN 40 hours pay!
Well they laid me off the fist time with no notice and I’d been there for close to 4 1/2 months. Then after their slow season they brought me back, turned out it was so they didn’t have to pay the original temp agency that had landed me the job. So they made scammed the people you help me get a job… then they started with the pay cuts as I mentioned earlier.
Then they wanted to cut me even lower then half of what I was making before and keep me as salary. which on salary you have to do their mandated extra hours and legally you can’t look for a second job!
I felt like a slave they took advantage of me again and again. I looked into it and at the pay they wanted to give me and the direction of the company, I’d make more on unemployment then I would on my pay checks and if I stayed in 6 months if they laid me off then, I’d be making even lower on my unemployment because of my mass pay decreases. So I convinced my department manager to help me out and just lay me off.
Which he was able to do…
So I’ve been searching for a new job but reaching the end of my 6 months of Unemployment… so I need to extend it. My problem is my old job called 2 weeks ago and is trying to hire me back at that lower wage and on salary again! I can’t work like that! If they brought me back at my original pay I would… But I know they wont and if they did in three months they’d give me a pay cut again and make me work these insane hours.
Here’s my questions… On salary can they legally make you work over 80 hrs a week on 40 hrs pay year round?
And on unemployment do I have to take my old job back if it’s at lower pay from what they originally hired me??? They’d take me back at the pay I technically ended at… but that was un-livable after so many pay cuts! I could not survive on that! I’d loose my house while working 80 hr weeks! and would have no time to find a real job and would not be allowed to find a 2nd job. Can they cancel my unemployment as a “refuse a job position” type situation? That’s what I’m scared of.
This post was submitted by Frob.