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I work for a company where I was hired to do technical tasks. After 3 months, I was asked to lead that team in those tasks reporting to the manager who hired me. I was given, what I thought, was an official title. Now, we have been hiring new team members, those new members are making more than I do. I know I’m not supposed to know but people talk and I am still the lead. The job description that applies to us all is quite official and it is posted on our internal site. But, for my lead position, there is no actual job description. The tasks I am responsible for are in addition to what is expected of everyone else. Is there a problem here?
Asked on March 28, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia
M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 6 years ago | Contributor
Unless you are guaranteed to be paid at a higher rate than the people who report to you, your currrent pay rate is legal. So, for example, is there a union agreement or employment contract that sets the rate a team lead is to be paid? Is your treatment due to some form of legal discrimination. If not, then as an "at will" employee you have no claim here. The fact is that in most employment arrangments an employer can set the terms and conditions of employment much as it sees fit or deems necessary.
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