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"Altering of Worker Time Cards Spurs Growing Number of Suits" (New York Times article, free registration required):
Rosann Wilks, who was an assistant manager at a Pep Boys in Nashville, said she was fired in 2001 after refusing to delete time. She said her district manager told her, "Under no circumstances at all is overtime allowed, and if so, then you need to shave time." [...] Bill Furtkevic, Pep Boys' spokesman, said his company did not tolerate deleting time. "Pep Boys' policy dictates, and record demonstrates, that any store manager found to have shaved any amount of employee time be terminated," he said.
And so on...


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Apr. 4th, 2004 10:08 pm (UTC)
That does it! I'm going to emigrate to China and get *real* work for *honest* wages.
Apr. 4th, 2004 10:13 pm (UTC)
I used to have a boss a lot like that. Not quite so bad, but similar. She had a policy of "forced comp time" (not her words, of course). We had to work as long as necessary to get projects out (this was in book publishing), but we were not permitted to count anything as overtime. So everything over 40 hours was considered "comp time" ... meaning that we got to take it as additional vacation time ... when she permitted us to do so. And this "comp time" was not time-and-a-half, of course, even when people worked 80 hours in one week. Nifty way to avoid paying overtime.
Apr. 5th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
That was always the unwritten policy in my various departments at UCB, as well. Very annoying.
Apr. 5th, 2004 01:26 am (UTC)
If I had a nickle for every time I heard about a company having X policy (off the books, naturally) but saying publicly "that's totally not our policy" I'd be SO rich!
Apr. 5th, 2004 01:27 am (UTC)
And I bet the people they fire as sacrifices to the "public" policy could use those nickels.
Apr. 5th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC)
masters and slaves
I was reminded of slaves supervising slaves.. It's totally disgusting.
Apr. 5th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC)
Re: masters and slaves
Yeah. The more I understand about corporate America (well, corporate in-general), the more I am convinced we haven't ever left the feudal age.
Apr. 5th, 2004 02:08 pm (UTC)
masters and slaves
I'm reading The Corporation.

I haven't gotten very far yet, but it's quite interesting.
Apr. 5th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
Re: masters and slaves
Looks good. I'll see if the library has it.
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