Who can help us figure out if our employer is breaking the law?
June 5, 2014 3:03 PM Subscribe
I think my coworkers and I are getting screwed over by our non-profit employer. I am not sure how to confirm this or what to do about it. Any ideas?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We are in Virginia. We work in the social services sector and our program gets funding per client we serve.
So, they have slowly over the last year increased the number of clients we serve (presumably to get more funding). We are swamped and have brought this to the supervisors several times.
First of all, we are not providing the services we should be providing. Our clients are not being served properly. Everything gets done, but rushed or in a less than ideal way.
Second, we have to work crazy hours. We are all "exempt" which apparently means they can just increase the amount of work we have to do until we end up sleeping in the office. I read you are supposed to be a supervisor to be exempt. None of us supervises anyone. I make 25k a year and most of my coworkers make similar salaries.
Third, we were told we can do "comp time" as long as it's in the same pay period. So we are like Cinderella every two weeks, because of course we can't get our shit done because the reason we were working overtime is that there is too much work so comp time is out of the question and then the 2 week pay period ends and we gave them our time for free. I personally am super demanding about my comp time (my duties have some scheduling flexibility), but I am the only lucky one. All my coworkers have such jobs that they cannot EVER take comp time. They work 12 hour days almost every day and they also have to do some duties that involve going to the airport in the middle of the night. This is besides the 12 hour days. So I would say they have worked at least 60 hour weeks every week for the last 2 years at least without seeing 1 cent.
Finally, they tell us to write our time sheets as if there was no overtime. Which feels fishy.