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Can i sue my employer for the unequal pay act?
The easier way to go is to file claims for unpaid wages. Under Oregon law, where your employer chooses to pay salary, it must at least pay you minimum wage. You are far from meeting that standard. You are entitled to the difference plus penalties. If your employment has ended, you may be entitled to a second penalty. Each penalty could be up to 30 days of wages. ($2,340). In addition, you could get your attorney fees paid, making your employer pay your attorney to recover your wages. Calling a wage and hour attorney at this time would be a very good idea.
Your idea about equal pay is more difficult, but likely ends up in the same place. The difficulty is proving the reason you are being paid different. That reason must be something unlawful. You have not provided information regarding why you get $1k per month, other than you are a cook not a waitress. That could be explored, but you already have claims to raise your pay that are stronger and less novel than a discrimination approach, and you do not have to prove why they are paying you less.See question
On March 27, my mother had a stroke on her way to work. Today, May 1, she got a letter from her employer saying that she was fired as of March 31 given her inability to work at this time. The stroke left her with a hospital bill of 82 grand, an...
There are several issues. First, whether she qualifies for medical leave. If so, terminating her likely is unlawful resulting in damages. Second, if she had health insurance, cutting that health insurance once she has an injury likely is also an issue. Third, pre-dating the termination is also likely a problem. It also may affect her rights to get employer insurance coverage during the time she is recovering.
Your mom should discuss these matters with an employment attorney.See question
I work at a car dealership in Oregon. One of my co-workers, who is paid hourly, didn't clock out for lunches and worked through them. It's a small business and we do our own payroll. Someone deducted his lunches out of his paycheck. Is this legal?...
No. Your co-worker must be paid for the time they work. If they are working, then cannot deduct 30 minutes. There is a possible exception, where the employer cannot know, and does not know, the employee is working. Usually this is argued in these types of cases. However, it is a tough road for the employer unless the employee is able to hide it. Like for instance a person who is working away from the office and does not tell the employer.See question
I've worked for a company for 9 months and they are just now requesting my education transcripts. Can I legally decline this and can they legally fire me for it if I do?
Unless you have a contract, that says that they cannot fire you, the employer can terminate your employment for any reason or no reason. The only limitations are generally regarding gender, race, religion, etc. School records is not in this protected status. If you deny the request, it will be up to them what action they take.See question
My employer is reporting that I quit. It may be gray area. 8 months ago was my first dock in pay. 3 months ago two of my four shifts ( more than 2/3 of my income) I was laid off from. I claimed for part time UE. This left two shifts that paid c...
What do you mean by "first dock in pay"? If they are docking you wages after you have already worked them, that is a problem and you should be looking at filing a wage claim. If your employment is over, you could be due several thousand in penalties, in addition to the wages. Some attorneys handle wage claims on a contingency fee basis, being paid by your employer to win your wages and penalties.
As for the harassment, that may be more difficult. Unless the harassment involves race, religion, making a complaint about compliance with laws, complaining about unlawful wage payment issues, or other such matter, the harassment is likely irrelevant. Being a bad boss, a jerk, or even an idiot, is not generally unlawful.See question
New manager trying to take away our 14-minute 7 before and 7 after on clocking in
You should immediately call a wage and hour attorney. This type of thing often causes unpaid regular and overtime wages. Where the employer is larger, can be a class action. There are much more complex questions that go into it than a simple answer.See question
Employer installed a video / possible audio camera in the reception area without notifying any of the employees it had been done. The possible audio comes into play due to employer remarks on a private conversation made in the reception area.
No issues I am aware of for video, but there are laws regarding audio recording.See question
So my boss is late on paying me. They pay once a month and the last check I received was for February, they owe me for March and April now, I recently quit due to this reasoning. I asked them about it and she said she would pay me on the 25th of M...
Contact a wage claim attorney. They can go over your facts and determine what penalties you may be entitled to. Likely you have both a minimum wage, and late payment claims. Each could come with 30 days of wages.See question
After 4 to five months with my company, I apply for a higher position more responsibility and pay. But human resource and supervisor team lost my application, and then in two years later it happen again. They lost my application not once but twic...
They can be inept, foolish, and simply unprofessional. That in and of itself is not an issue. The issue legally deals with why. If they are losing your application for a reason, and that reason is protected by law, then that is where a suit is possible. For instance, maybe you complained about something being unsafe and so they are tossing your application. That is a problem. Other reasons that are protected, filing a worker's compensation claim, complaining about wages, and obviously race, religion, etc.See question
Drive shuttle service, to and from airport, clock in, check schedule, go to work. If there are more than 3 hours between rides we are expected to clock OUT, then clock back in even though we are sitting in a work van, with work clothes and basical...
Call a wage and hour attorney. They can help you through the documentation process and explain your rights more clearly. There will be a way to document and set this case up correctly. The legal phrase is "engaged to wait". This means that part of your job is waiting. If you are required to be in clothes and waiting for a customer, then you are likely going to be found to be "engaged to wait". Contrast this with "waiting to be engaged". This is how employers get around the true on call situation. They simply do not call them to work. The employee can live their life, within certain bounds, waiting to be called to work. But it sounds like you have to sit in your van, or be next to your van so that customers think you will leave soon. That is why you should be paid.
The last part of your explanation is just plain theft. If you are driving a van, then you are on-the-clock working. Once you arrive, switch to your car and drive home, that is when your day stops for payment of wages.
There are penalties that can attach to these types of unpaid wages. Some of them can be up to 30 days of wages. (Hourly rate * 8 hours per day * 30 days). Thus, the penalties can be significant. In addition, you likely are entitled to recover your attorney fees. So your wage claim lawyer can be paid by your employer to win your case.See question