FindLaw Answers Started by cupcake1 , Sep 27 2013 02:27 PM Please log in to reply 3 replies to this topic 2 posts Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:27 PM HI , I WORK IN THE COLLECTIONS INDUSTRY, AND I'VE BEEN WITH THIS COMPANY FOR ABOUT 4 YEARS NOW IN OCT. WHEN I STARTED THEY STARTED ME OUT WITH ABOUT $10-$10.25 DONT REMEMBER EXACT. BUT I ONLY STARTED OUT AS BEING PART TIME ONLY 4 HOURS A DAY.AS BEING A COLLECTOR YOU DO HAVE A GOAL EACH MONTH TO REACH IN ORDER TO GET A BONUS WHICH YOU HAVE TO GET 100% OF THAT GOAL TO GET A BONUS CHECK OR 95% TO GET 1/2 OF THAT BONUS CHECK. BUT AT LEAST HAVE TO MAKE 70% EACH MONTH IN ORDER NOT TO GET WRITTEN UP FOR NOT MAKING 100% OF YOUR GOAL..EACH MONTH YOUR GOAL GOES UP BY $200 UNTIL YOU REACH AROUND 13-14 THOUSAND DOLLARS A Workers Compensation Directory MONTH GOAL AND THEN YOUR GOAL SLOWS DOWN AND ONLY GOES UP ABOUT $200 A YEAR. NOW AS A PART TIME EMPLOYEE AT THAT TIME YOUR GOAL STARTED ABOUT $800 A MONTH AND FULL TIME STARTED OUT ABOUT $1600 A MONTH AND IT GOES UP $200 A MONTH EVERY MONTH.....NOW I WORKED AS PART TIME FOR ALMOST A YEAR THEN I WENT TO FULL TIME WHEN THEY HAD AN OPENING FOR IT...SO BEING A FULL TIME EMPLOYEE NOW I DO GET THE REGULAR BENEFITS OF A FULL TIME EMPLOYEE....WHICH I DIDNT GET AS A PART TIME..NOW BACK TO THE ISSUES.NOW WHEN THEY CHANGE ME OVER TO FULL TIME THEY DIDNT CHANGE MY GOAL TO WHAT A FULL TIME EMPLOYEE SHOULD START OUT WITH FROM DAY ONE OF BEING A FULL TIME EMPLOYEE WHAT I HAD TO DO WAS TO PICK UP FROM WHERE A FULL TIME EMPLOYEE GOAL WOULD HAVE BEEN AT THAT TIME. SO MY GOAL JUMPED FROM A PART TIME GOAL TO A FULL TIME GOAL WHICH THE DIFFERENCE WAS ABOUT $3000 THAT MONTH INSTEAD OF $200 IN ORDER FOR ME TO CATCH UP TO A FULL TIME EMPLOYEE GOAL FOR THAT MONTH . AT THIS COMPANY WE ARE ABLE TO GET EARLY ACHIEVEMENT RAISES WHICH I DID GET WHEN I STARTED FOR MAKING THE REQUIRED GOAL BEFORE TIME, WHICH IT WAS ONLY A FEW CENTS EACH TIME, WHICH WE CAN GET ABOUT 3 EARLY RAISES IF WE QUALIFY FOR IT..NOW AT THE END OF ALL THE 3 EARLY ACHIEVEMENT RAISES I RECEIVED IM AT $10.64 AN HOUR. NOW AS TIME PASSES AND MY YEARLY RAISE ROLLS AROUND AND IS TIME FOR EVALUATION I DONT GET MY YEARLY RAISE CAUSE THEY SAID I HAVENT HAD 100% TO GOAL EVERY MONTH FOR A LEAST THE LAST 6 MONTHS OK SO THAT YEAR GONE WITH A RAISE. 2ND YEAR ROLLS AROUND TIME FOR EVALUATION AGAIN THEY SAY THE SAME THING I GET NO RAISE AGAIN 3RD YEAR ROLLS AGAIN THE SAME THING NOW MY PAY RATE AFTER 3 YEARS IS STILL $10.64. NOW IVE BEEN WITH THE COMPANY OVER 3 1/2 YEARS AND JUST ABOUT A MONTH AGO I MADE ACCT MANAGER CAUSE MY MTD GOAL TOTALED $165,000 FOR THE LAST 6 MONTHS WHICH THEY GAVE ME A RAISE FOR THAT ONLY ABOUT 33 CENTS NOW MY PAY RATE IS ABOUT $10.94 AFTER BEING THERE 3 1/2 YEARS NOW NEXT MONTH IS MY EVALUATION AGAIN AND I KNOW THEY GOING TO SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT ME NOT MEETING 100% TO GOAL EVERY MONTH IN THE LAST 6-12 MONTH CONSECUTIVELY. SO I WOULD HAVE BEEN WITH THE COMPANY 4 YEARS AND STILL IS NOT MAKING AT LEAST $11.00 AN HOUR. NOW SINCE THE COMPANY HAVE SO MANY COMPETITORS IN THE AREA THEY UP THE PAY RAISE FOR THE NEW EMPLOYEES TO AT LEAST $12.00-$13.00 AN HOUR AND THATS WITH NO EXPERIENCE. I DONT THINK ITS FAIR FOR THEM NOT TO ADJUST MY PAY RAISE TO MATCH WHAT NEW HIRES ARE COMING IN THE DOOR AS. I AM ALSO ONE OF THE ONE'S THAT THEY ASK FOR NEW HIRES TO SIT WITH ON THE FLOOR TO SEE HOW THE JOB GOES AND GIVE THEM POINTER ON WHAT TO DO AND WHAT NOT TO DO, WHICH MAKE ME FEEL BAD CAUSE IM HELPING TRAIN PEOPLE THAT IS COMING ON THE FLOOR MAKING MORE MONEY THAN ME. I HAVE MADE THIS SITUATION AWARE TO MY MANAGER AND TO THE AVP OF THE COMPANY NOTHING HAVE BEEN DONE ABOUT IT. AND I DONT WANT TO QUIT CAUSE I NEED THIS JOB DO I CONTINUE TO TAKE THE BULL OR DO I HAVE A GOOD ARGUMENT TO STAND ON AND HOW DO I GO ABOUT IT.
57,726 posts Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:47 PM I'm not sure while you were typing that where you got the idea that it would be a good idea to include so much detail, use all capital letters, and random punctuation. Bottom line is that an employer isn't obligated to pay more than minimum wage. I'd read articles on how to negotiate raises.
I'll echo PG's advisory "warning" with a twist: (Many) legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here might not fully identify or explain the ramifications of your particular problem. I do not give legal advice as such (and such is impermissible here at any rate). Comments are based on personal knowledge and experience and legal info gleaned over a quarter century, and every state has differing laws on and avenues to address most topics. If you need legal advice, you need to consult (and pay) a professional so that you may have someone to hold accountable. Acting on personal and informational advice from a stranger on the internet is a bad idea -- at least not without your own thorough due dilience/research and confirmation as it applies to your situation. Posted 27 September 2013 - 10:37 PM
Do I continue to take the bull or do I have a good argument to stand on and how do I go about it.
That?s not really a legal issue that we can address here. All that federal law requires is that your employer pay you minimum wage, that men and women doing the same work get paid the same wage, and that the employer not base differences in pay on race, color, sex, age (if you are at least age 40), religion, national origin, disability, or genetic test information. Your state may add other protected classes like sexual orientation, marital status, etc. Neither federal law nor the law of any state requires that long time employees get paid the same wage as new hires receive. It is, of course, not terribly good management to pay the experienced employees less than the new hires in most businesses, but nothing in the law requires an employer to use smart management policies.
As a practical matter, I think it comes down to this: can you get work elsewhere for more than you are making at your current job? If the answer is no, then demanding more pay at your current employer is a risk for you. The employer might decide to fire you instead, and without other employment options, you could be left without a job. The collections industry tends to have high turnover for collector positions anyway, and the employer isn?t likely to consider you so valuable that it won?t consider firing you. If you are truly an outstanding collector you might get a raise if you asked for one, but if you aren?t, I?d not have high hopes for that.
By the way, a big block of text with ALL CAPITAL LETTERS is really hard to read. Compare how easy it is read what you wrote and my reply here and I think you?ll see the problem. Most people skip posts written the way you wrote yours, so next time if you want a better shot at responses you might want to write your post using normal capitalization and punctuation. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://boards.answers.findlaw.com/index.php/topic/227627-i-deserve-more/