Is this legal? Furious right now!!! - page 2

The hospital I work at recently gave everyone in the hospital a raise. When I opened my pay slip today, I was surprised to see that I was getting a raise from $13.36 to 13.65. I've been making $13.76... Read More

  1. by   Nurse Ratched
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    (and it probably is legal or they wouldn't be stupid enough to do it)
    You're giving them too much credit, Tweety . We are all aware of the things mgt tries to get away with (or in this case, probably some clueless clerk) and they DO get away with it because we don't gripe, not necessarily because they have a legal leg to stand on.
  2. by   NicuGal
    We get papers from nursing and payroll when we get you have the original one that states what you were to be making? If it has the higher amount on it they cannot argue that!
  3. by   Rapheal
    Not only did this take nerve on their part it also shows sheer stupidity. Did they not take into account that this may anger you into quitting? And if you do they will pay more for agency and for a new employees' orientation. Penny wise-dollar foolish.
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by cotjockey
    Can they do that?
    I would take it to the highest office if necessary. Even the hospital president! Glad you still have that letter!

    Do you ever write letters to the editor? If you should not succeed, I'll write it for you! (I'm pretty good at that).
  5. by   flashpoint
    I still have my paper from 18 months ago that told me the amout of my raise...clearly states I am going from $11.76 to $13.76...don't know what possessed me to save it, but I did! I also have all of my pay stubs sisnce the day I started, so I know exactly how many hours I've worked at that rate. A friend of mine who is a lawyer says he's pretty sure they can expect their money back...they'd have to set up a payment plan and it would have to be something they took out of my check before taxes, so I wouldn't be paying taxes twice. He's going to do a little research and call me later or talk to me about it at a class we're talking tonight...sigh. Looks like there's not much else I can do about it...I'm not taking an 11 an hour cut instead of a 40 raise! Sigh...:-)
  6. by   redshiloh
    Whatever else you do, remain calm and professional. If you get nasty right away they will not listen to you.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    wow these guys are so smart. this is definately the place to go for advice. I just want to add my best wishes and ask you to let us know what happens. Obviously, people here are pulling for you!
  8. by   colleen10
    Cot Jockey,

    This is absolutely irritating for me to read what is happening to you. What a bunch of No Talent Clown ---ES.

    Now, I would add that you also get Accounting to put in writing exactly what the mistake was and what their plan of action is as far as deducting $16.00 per paycheck for the next 18 months. How they arrived at that figure, etc.

    I have a question for you. Who signed off on your raise from $11.76 to 13.76? Was it your supervisor, HR, etc?

    I would get that person involved or at least CC them on any correspondence you send out so that they are in the loop and can verify that they indeed did sign off on said raise.

    I imagine that the hospital does have a legal leg to stand on as far as changing your pay rate and taking money out of your check. You would be very surprised at what employers are allowed to get away with even though it is not ethical or moral, but legal.

    The last company I worked for started doing poorly and so to save money they changed all the employees status ie. exempt, non-exempt and made it so none of us underlings (assistants) could get over- time and bonuses that were promised to us, took away one week of vacation that everyone in the company had allready earned (accrued) and then made us use up 3 days of paid vacation when they decided to close our office during the 4th of July holiday just to save a buck. And all of this was horrendously legal.

    I would write a letter stating the facts and send it to the Director of HR. I would give them a time table of say a week to come back with a response. If they don't or if they do and don't give you a favorable response I would then continue up the chain of command.

    I hate to say it, but having worked as an assistant to a CEO of a large company, they could really care less about what happens to the little employees and will probably just give your correspondence to their secretary to pass along to HR or whomever. At least if you work your way up the ladder if you eventually do get to the top you can say "Hey, I went through all these people, what are YOU going to do about it?"

    Definately stay in touch with that lawyer friend of yours. I am very interested to see what this person says. If this is indeed legal and how in the world is acctg. going to figure out how much you owe based on previous taxes paid, etc.

    You also need to decide how much bull kaka you are willing to put up with. What if this is legal and what if they hospital in the end will not budge? Will you be willing to take what they give you or make a stand and say audios?

    Yes indeed, tough decisions to be made.

    Remeber, you are not an indentured servant to the man. You are a professional who supplies your services to this particular hospital for a monetary fee. If they are not willing to respect you and pay you for your services, I say take 'em elsewhere! Just like any business relationship.
  9. by   azgirl
    I'm so sorry this has happened to you. I sincerely hope you get that resolved in your favor.

    I just quit a job over that type of nonsense. I was PT and always got 4 hours holiday pay but suddenly right at Thanksgiving I didn't get any. When I questioned it they told me the holiday pay had been paid those last two years in error and they could make me repay it. To me losing the holiday pay was bad enough so I gave my notice.
  10. by   renerian
    I agree with Pete on setting up meetings with the CEO/Nursing VP.

  11. by   colleen10
    PS, give a copy of your "raise statement" to your lawyer friend. I am wondering if it binds them legally to the $13.76 in the past. Basically it is a written statement saying they will pay you that much.

    It may not entitle you to $13.76 right now, but it may keep the hospital from collecting back wages.

    Does anyone know if it's possible to take your employer to small claims court?
  12. by   BadBird
    OMG!!!! I am more furious that you are only making $13.76/hr.

    I would definately call all the newspapers, radio stations, local tv for a good human interest story like why they can't keep nurses at the bedside. I would also call in sick and use up every single sick day and then quit. Definately call the labor board but they never seem to be much help. I agree with the poster who said it is time to organize if you aren't in a union already, that would never happen if you had a union. Geeze, keep us posted, this is just horrible.
  13. by   GPatty
    Keep us posted on what's going on..... ok?
    Good Luck to you!