Can my boss steal my shifts and give them to his son just so he doesnt have to pay me?

I started working for a small business about two months ago. However, lately my boss; the owner of the dog day care had been calling me off. Saying that there is not enough dogs to watch and to not come in. only to find out that he gets his wife or son to watch the dogs that are there, instead of me. Just so that he doesn't have to pay me for those shifts. Can he do that?

1 answer  |  asked Jun 19, 2014 9:14 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

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Marilynn Mika Spencer
Please be sure to read the info in the link I provide below.

Unfortunately, employees and job applicants have very few employment rights, and employers have a lot of leeway in how they choose to run their businesses. In general, an employer can be unfair, obnoxious or bad at management. And an employer can make decisions based on faulty or inaccurate information. An employer has no obligation to warn an employee that he or she is not performing as the employer wants. It’s not a level playing field. An employer hires employees to provide work for its benefit, not for the benefit of the employees. Don't expect the employer to take care of its employees; it doesn’t have to and it rarely does.

There are some limitations on what an employer can do, mostly in the areas of public policy (such as discrimination law or whistle blowing), contract law, union-employer labor relations, and constitutional due process for government employees. Please see my guide to at-will employment in California which should help you understand employment rights: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/an-overview-of-at-will-employment-all-states. After you take a look at the guide, you may be able to identify actions or behavior that fits one of the categories that allows for legal action. If so, an experienced plaintiffs employment attorney may be helpful.

Employment rights come from the state and federal legislatures. One of the best things people can do to improve their employment rights is vote for candidates with a good record on pro-employee, anti-corporate legislation. Another way to protect employment rights is to form or affiliate with a union, or participate in a union already in place.

I hope there is a good resolution to this situation.

posted by Marilynn Mika Spencer  |  Jun 20, 2014 1:06 PM [EST]

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