I recently worked in an independently owned restaurant that had serious violations and concerns. Fellow employees committing health violations, drinking illegally at work, smoking dope on the premises, cursing at me, slamming a door moving me aside.
After discussing this with the owner, I was told "we are family" and to move on. I ended up quitting that day and left without being murdered thankfully.
These actions are unbecoming and have never seen an owner so blatantly not care about an employee. After the first incident I started filming conversations and documenting the incidents as anyone would have done. I started on 3-29-17 and left 4-1-17
You are entitled to wages for the time you worked, but I doubt anything more than that. Seems like you were only an employee for a few days. Best of luck!
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Aside from wages for the time that you worked, you may be able to make an argument of a constructive termination of your employment if your state recognizes employment protections for public policies (such as gender, race, religion, sexual orientation). This area of law is also rapidly changing in many states so you will likely need to consult with an attorney in your area to protect yourself from outdated advice. Moreover, you may not want to limit your recourse to workers compensation.
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If you believe violations exist you can always get in touch with the State Dept of Labor in Raleigh. This does not appear to involve workers compensation however.
I would agree with others.This is not "workers compensation" since there was no injury or accident. Also, while it may have some labor law aspects, that is complicated and probably requires a labor law lawyer, but I suspect your two days on the job will not be a significant claim(other than wages due) and also since the restaurant probably has well less than the threshold 50 employees, most forms of Federal labor discrimination protections will likely not apply. Probably quitting was the best thing to do, all the way around.
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