posted on May, 24 2005 @ 11:06 AM
Cry-babies? You must be kidding. Do you work for your employer without expecting to be paid for your time?
When Wal-Mart hires someone they do so on the promise that the person will be paid a certain wage for all time worked. If Wal-Mart is asking,
requiring, or coercing employees to work "off the clock" then it should be sued, punished, and these people should be paid for all their
uncompensated time plus penalties.
To my knowledge, Wal-Mart doesn't pay people a living wage to begin with. If it has more work to be done than the manpower they have on board, they
need to hire more people rather than allow management to get the job done for free by requiring workers to contribute their time to the company on an
implied threat of adverse action or a bad evaluation for refusing to kiss a$$.
I worked as a delivery driver for a national bread company one summer when I was in college 26 years ago. That company had a policy of loading the
drivers with more deliveries than could be handled during the time allotted. The company had an unwritten but very strict policy that drivers had to
"get the job done" whether it took 40 hours of straight time or an additional 20 hours of overtime per week, but a driver must never enter any time
over 40 hours per week on the time card. I played along for six weeks but the uncompensated overtime was a heavy burden and my wife was complaining
about never seeing me. So, I began entering my overtime on my time card. Suddenly, a manager showed up to ride the route with me for a week. Then
that manager began reporting that I was leaving stale and moldy product on the store shelves (a lie). Then I was transferred to an even more
demanding delivery route. The "trainer" who rode with me the first week and I, two guys, had to run from the truck into the stores to make the
deliveries and rotate the stock. One morning, without warning, after the week of training on the new route, the regional manager showed up at 5:00
a.m. and asked me into his office where two other management people and a union rep were present. He asked "Can you do this route in 40 hours a
week?" I told him "No, two guys can't do it in 40 hours. It would be impossible for one to do it in that time." He said, "I see. So you're
saying you can't or won't do the job." I said, "No, I'm saying the job can't be done in 40 hours by one person." He said, "Well, we have no
choice then but to let you go." So, I was fired. I tried to resolve it through the union. The union rep was on a management track and absolutely
worthless as an employee advocate. I hired a lawyer. We sued. I recovered all my uncompensated overtime, plus all the wages I had lost due to the
illegal termination of employment (i.e. retaliatory termination), plus statutory penalties, and my attorney fees. All the other drivers with wives
and kids and mortgages were watching with great interest. None of them dared to report their overtime hours for fear of losing their jobs, their
homes, and eventually their families for lack of money to support them. I don’t know what the other drivers did after seeing what happened to me.
I suspect they just kept going along to get along.
So, more power to the Wal-Mart employees who have been abused by being illegally required to work off the clock. This should teach Wal-Mart and a
good lesson and send a strong message to all other employers who are improving their bottom lines by engaging in this illegal practice.
[edit on 5/24/2005 by dubiousone]