Is it legal to make someone do both shifts paperwork in 8 hours?

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Is it legal to make someone do both shifts paperwork in 8 hours?

For the past 3 or 4 years, I have had to do data entry for both shifts in my 7:00 am to 3:30 pm 1st shift position. About 8 months ago, they added more people to my workload. I have told my boss that I feel overwhelmed and have a hard time keeping up. I do not have back up. I get behind because paperwork is not done directly half the time; I work at a place where people have disabilities. Realistically, it would take 12 hours to complete a day’s worth of work without getting behind. We work under contract. When it renewed they didn’t add a second shift data entry clerk even though I begged them to get at least someone part-time. Also, I am making the same amount that the other data entry clerks are doing they have 3 at our other location who get to split the days work up among the 3 of them. Since I am doing 2 shifts worth of work, shouldn’t I be paid more since I am doing the work of 2 people?

Asked on February 22, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless your treatment has to do with some form of legally actionable discrimination or breaches the terms of an employment contract/union agreement, you have no claim. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will" which means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. If your workload is unacceptable to you, you can complain and refuse to do it but risk termination, or you can quit.


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