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    any legal action i could POSSIBLY take?

    Posted by: carriesatc
    Date: 8/20/2011 1:31:21 PM

    I work in a family business where the dad is owner, son president and daughter is manager. I worked for one year 8am to 5pm and sometimes later. Subtract a half hour lunch and you get 8.5 hours in the day. Multiply that by 5 days a week and you get 42.5 hours worked. My boss will NOT pay overtime. She said to me that you get a half hour lunch and two 15 minute breaks. I told her that I do believe that per the labor board you are allowed a paid 15 minute break for every 4 hours worked. She deducts it no matter what. I was laid off for a year in 2009. I was told I would be back in 6 weeks. I was asked to come in one day in November without pay. I had family emergency. She emailed me immediately and told me that I was not coming back as promised and that my health benefits are terminated as of that day. (MA requires health ins. and she was helping me not have a lapse) However, she wanted me to wait for her to call me back to work. I went to school instead. I ran into her a year later and agreed to come back part time so I could focus on getting a job in my newly acquired field. Our service manager quit in June and she tried to force me into working full time again. I told her that if I was going to give up school to work full time then I need a raise, more work and more responsibility. Now there is bad mojo between us. I feel like she is purposefully trying to get me fired. I've been hourly since Feb. and all of a sudden now I have to punch a timecard. She tells me one thing and when it goes wrong she changes her story and swings me under the bus. They all use racial slurrs all day which makes me feel uncomfortable. They call our effeminate parts manager a fag, fairy, poof etc. all the time. I've asked for it to stop,they blame their father saying "he's 77 you can't change him" but they do it too. Is there anything I can do about working a year without being compensated for 2.5 hours a week of overtime? What about verbal abuse?

    Reply from: goodboss
    Date: 8/22/2011 11:11:00 AM
    Reply: Unfortunately employment laws in the US aren't very employee-friendly. Verbally abusing employees is generally legal, and so are racial slurs, as long as those slurs aren't directed at you personally. It's also legal to suddenly start having employees punch timecards. As far as the unpaid OT is concerned, you may have something there, as long as the statute of limitations hasn't expired. Contact the federal DOL to find out.

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