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  • Illegal Pay Cut? Right to Quit? Texas

    I am currently (but not happily) employed for one of the major "super market" retailers. I was hired at $8.25/hr in the deli, and signed a contract saying so. Part of the agreement was to be "cross trained" in other areas (i.e. produce, grocery, cashier,etc.) which I agreed to. I was cross trained in the Meat Dept., and have been stuck over there for 4 months of the 6 months I have been employed. I have asked numerous times to be moved back to the Deli, but was told I was "needed too much in Meat Dept.". I stuck it out. I got a paycheck about a month and a half ago where my pay rate was $7.50/hr. I had received no notification by anyone that I was now going to be working for a lower wage. Infuriated, I called HR and spoke to someone in-store. The next day I worked I spoke to the HR leader and was told (basically) that I was hired for Meat Dept. but was "mis-coded" and put in Deli at a higher pay. (Deli workers are considered specialist, Meat is merely "stockers" and paid lower) I pointed out that I was in Deli for almost two months and EVERYONE was told that's what I was hired for. She "apologized" and told me I was wrong. I knew I wouldn't get anywhere with her and secretly started looking for another job. I am getting more and more used by this company. My hours were cut, my managers are becoming hostile (blaming me for work not done, degrading my work, being over critical of my work) and I can no longer see any reason to stay at this job.
    My questions are:
    1) Did this company violate my hiring agreement?
    2) How much time is required when your pay is being decreased?
    3) If I quit, can I collect unemployment because the hiring terms changed?

    I have talked to several people who are law savvy, and have had several attempts to find some laws making a case.

    Any help?

  • #2
    First off, would you answer a question for me/us. Do you have an actual employment contract that you would work the deli (with cross training) at $8.25/hr. or was it just an offer letter? Do you happen to be in a union?

    Thanks.
    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

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    • #3
      Unions. Yea Rite.

      I believe it was an offer/agreement. I signed it. It said "DELI $8.25" in big letters. It would be considered the terms I agreed to when I was hired though, correct?

      Ironically, when we received training a union propaganda video was shown. All of us thought it was strange since other grocery stores (Krogers, Randalls, etc.) allow them. This company talks about how unions are businesses and only want your money, etc., etc.

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      • #4
        If it wasn't an actual bona fide employment contract, it may not rise to the level of an enforceable contract. (offer letters very rarely do & terms can generally be changed at any time) You can take the agreement you signed to a contract attorney in your area to see if the agreement & its terms might be enforceable.

        To answer your questions:
        1) Only if the agreement you signed would rise to the level of a contract would it be illegal to change the terms.
        2) They really shouldn't reduce your pay for hrs. already worked (reduce your pay w/o prior notification) - only on a go forward basis after notification.
        3) You usually don't get UI benefits when you quit. It would be better to look for other employment while still working there.
        Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

        Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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