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  • Demanding free overtime, Texas

    I am paid hourly, full time @ 40 hours in an 'at will state'

    that being said, there is memo's out in our office stating if we put overtime on our time cards we will be terminated. today the owner of the company sat me down and demanded i started working more overtime, for free, for being thankful that i have a job in this economy. if i do not comply, then he will fire me. what are my rights?

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    If you are an hourly non-exempt employee, you must be paid for all hours/time worked. If you aren't, put in a claim/complaint with the TWC.
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      And if you are fired for refusing to work overtime for which the company has explicity stated you will not be paid, I'm seeing a possible wrongful termination suit as well, as a violation of public policy if nothing else.

      What I recommend is that 1) you keep that memo, 2) you document any meetings and conversations regarding this issue, especially where you were told that you are to, essentially, commit time card fraud and that you will be fired if you do not do so, and 3) keep a record of all hours actually worked. All of this documentation should be kept at home.

      And start looking for another job. Once you find one (if it's within, I think, 90 days), then you can file your claim with the TWC.
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        Texas Payday Law states that an employee who is not paid wages may file a wage claim with the Texas Workforce Commission within 180 days from the date the claimed wages became due for payment.
        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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