i was hired as a security officer but doing accounting and administration work and not getting the pay

I was hired to do security job duties but my boss placed me with a company inside
the building to do they administration duties along with accounting work I was
promised the job late last year of 2015 but still getting the runaround. I ask
several times how long do the process takes to get hired and I still have no
answer and I’m not being paid to do these job duties what can i do. I feel I’m
being used for the job until they hire someone else. Its been 8 months now.

Asked on May 12, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless you had a contract specifiying your job duties, your employer is free to change or redefine your job at will, so you can be hired to do X but instead end up doing Q. Also, the employer sets pay: so they can pay you less than people doing the job(s) you are doing typically get, or they can reduce your pay and pay you less than they had offered or initially paid you. Employers also don't need to hire employees--e.g. to hire job candidates; or let temps convert to full time--it is completely up to them who to hire and when.
Without an employment contract, your only rights are that whatever your rate or wage is--whatever amount the employer decides it is--it must be paid; if you are hourly, you must be paid overtime, when working more than 40 hours per week; and your hourly rate must be at least minimum wage. If they are not paying you in this regard (e.g. not paying you for all hours, not paying overtime, or paying less than mimimum), you could contact your state department of labor to file a wage complaint.


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