Getting the money I was promised
September 26, 2008 7:00 PM   Subscribe

How do I go about getting a raise my boss promised me before he was fired?

I am filling a supervisory position in the interim while a search for a permanent replacement is found.

When I accepted the position, I was told by my new boss that there would be a significant raise for the duration of the position. Foolish me, I got nothing in writing or email to confirm that. My new boss explained that it may take awhile to process, but that it would be retroactive to the date I started the supervisory position.

Today, my new boss got fired unexpectedly. I have explained the promise of a raise to my bosses boss, but he claims he wasn't aware of any pay raise for me in this interim position. HR received no paperwork about my raise from my former boss.

This supervisory position is more responsibility. It's only fair that it be paid as such, even if it turns out to be temporary. What tactics can I use to demonstrate to the bosses boss that I am worth the raise that I was promised while staying in his good graces so that I am still considered for the position permanently?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (4 answers total)
I think you're screwed. Sorry, but it sounds to me like the bosses boss has no intention of doing anything about this.

If you try to get the money, you anger them and won't be considered for the position. And you won't get the money either.

All you can do now is look at what is possible. Getting the money isn't possible. Maybe being hired into that position permanently is possible, so that's your priority now.
posted by Class Goat at 8:20 PM on September 26, 2008

Is there any way of having your fired boss call in on your behalf?
posted by cmgonzalez at 1:31 AM on September 27, 2008

Why would they care what he thinks? They fired him, after all.
posted by Class Goat at 4:18 AM on September 27, 2008

Yeah, there's no point involving the old boss. Anything he promised you is irrelevant. Even if you had it in writing, it probably wouldn't matter.

You need to start negotiations again, from square one. Get a meeting with your current direct, explain your position (without regard to anything your previous boss promised) and see what happens. You might get a favorable response if you demonstrate your increased responsibility/contributions and suggest that it merits increased compensation.
posted by sexymofo at 6:16 AM on September 27, 2008 [1 favorite]

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