What ca I do if my manager reduces the time on my timesheet?

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What ca I do if my manager reduces the time on my timesheet?

My employer has been reducing my time by 20 minutes for the last 3 years and admitted to it yesterday. The company is offering me money back. How do I know what the correct amount should be? What if

they offer an amount lower than my calculation, do I fight it? Should I get a lawyer?

Asked on April 12, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

The amount you should get is fairly easy to calculate: it is your hourly rate x 1/3 (since 20 minutes is 1/3 of an hour) for each day you believe they did this. Example: typically, there are around 240 work days in a year; say you think they did this 3/4 of the time each year for three years, and that you earn $15.00/hour. If they reduced your time by 1/3 hour for 3/4 of 240 workdays for 3 years and you earn $15.00 per hour, they cost you 1/3 x 3/4 x 240 x 3 x $15.00, or 180 x $15.00, or $2,700.00. Multiply your best guess as to the time they shorted you by your rate.
If they offer you less than the amount you calculate, then think about whether it worth suing for the difference. For example, say they offer you $2,000 when you think they probably owe you $2,700. Since proving the exact amount they shorted you could be difficult unless you kept very good records, and hiring a lawyer could easily cost you more than $700 (and if you did not hire a lawyer, you'd have to be willing to be your own attorney), you might take the $2,000 to get the check in hand and resolve the matter without litigation. But if you think, as in the example above, that they owe you $2,700 and they only offer you $500, it would probably be worth suing. You have to decide based on how big the shortfall is, if any.


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