She says the other employees are honest and has not taken action on them. I am honest but she has never liked me from the start. She is not the one who hired me but when she became "part owner" she has been on my case. I have done nothing wrong. She wants me to sign a document to where she can deduct shortage from my pay. I am not signing it. I asked if I could have a copy- she said NO. I used to work day hours (8:30-4:30). She hired her friend, who worked in a bank, and gave her my morning hours, bumping me to 12-5. I talked her into letting me work til 7p.m. for extra hours. After the shortage, she told me my schedule is now 2-7 and will decrease every time the drawer is short! I have never been the only one on my drawer during my shift, EVER. What can I do? Any advice?Let me also add that she didn't want to hire me to begin with. I was hired by a co-owner 7 months ago. She ended up buying his share and has been looking for ways to get me to quit ever since. I have been a dedicated worker, working two shifts when I was the only employee they had, sometimes working up to 52 hours a week at straight pay. She pays in cash, deducting taxes out and writing it on the time card. I've never gotten a pay stub and I have never even filled out a form to have taxes taken out!
There are a few things going on here. First, unless you meet one of a few narrow exceptions, your employer cannot fail to pay you overtime for hours over 40 worked in a week. That's a matter of federal law. Under state regulations, your employer cannot deduct from your pay except by written agreement. The written agreement cannot permit deductions for cash shortages except those where the employee suffering the deduction was the sole party responsible for the shortage. You should contact the Oklahoma Department of Labor.
As to the reduction in hours, your employer may change the terms and conditions of work however she wants unless (1) there is a contract in place, or (2) she is making changes that are harmful to you and she is doing so for an illegal reason, such as race discrimination. In Oklahoma, it is legal for your employer to pay you with cash.
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She can change your hours.
Do not sign responsibility for a drawer if you are not the sole user.
If you are supposed to be a sole user, be one and be steadfast about it without fail.
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