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Do I have grounds to ask for me in compensation

I was hired on as a server and I was asked to help train the old employees and new on the company standards, however I have not served once but I have worked as a salary employee and I am asked to train new employees daily on the cooperate standards making minimum wage while they earn more than I am. What grounds do I have to ask for compensation? It’s been over a month and my schedule has been cut back on hours and the new employees have the hours I used to work. We were understaffed when I was hired and now we are over staffed.

Asked on August 18, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Actually you don't unless the terms of an employment contract or union agreement provides otherwise. As an "at will" worker, your employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit, absent some form of legally actionable discrimination (i.e. you can't be paid less due to your race, religion, gender, nationality, disability, age (over 40), etc.). Accordingly, you can be made to work at any position that you are scheduled for so long as you are paid at least minimum wage and, as an hourly worker (i.e. non-exempt), OT for any hours that you work over 40 in a week.


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