My employer decided to not pay me 3 hrs of my time. 2 hrs that I worked from home and unclaimed breaks that I did not take due to the full schedule of patients. The owners explanation for not paying me 3 hrs was another employee looked at the work I did from home and stated that I did nothing correct and it took me only 1.5 hrs to do all that I did. So the owner decided not to pay me due to those reasons. I have text messages saying she will pay me for the hours I worked at home and I also have a print out of the hours I work showing I did not take any breaks. The day I asked about why I was missing 3hrs on my pay she explained this above. I told her I did my best working from home and did everything I was taught in training and she yelled at me the entire conversation saying I'm a bad assistant and my best isn't good enough.
Sure; in America anyone can sue anybody for anything at any time (even without a lawyer in a small claims court). Winning the lawsuit is another matter; and in this situation you will lose. Why? Because unless you have a written employment agreement you have little or no employee rights in Florida. Why? Because Florida is an “at will employment” state--which means Florida employers are completely free to hire, assign, re-assign, re-locate, promote, demote, discipline, suspend or terminate employees “at will.” They do not have to give employees any reason either. The only thing employers cannot lawfully do is make these employment decisions based upon any illegal reason or suspect classification such as an employee’s race, gender, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, whistleblowing (in certain cases)--or retaliation for exercising any lawful rights.
I would have to disagree with the first response above. The "at will" doctrine is not a "get out of jail" card for employers. Employers are not at liberty to violate the statutes and if you are a non-exempt employee, you might want to look into the FLSA for starters if pay is your primary concern.
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