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I was promised a raise twice and have two promotions, one,

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I was promised a raise twice and have two promotions, one, I was told I had more room to grow. The other at my review in 2012, I was told my title was re-evaluated at Corporate and it is a pay grade higher and she would put in for the raise in the next few months. I hate verbal agreements, nothing in writing but a new job description.

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I am terribly sorry to hear that you are in this situation. It is a shame when an employer treats employees in a way that is quite frankly wrong. However, that does not necessarily mean that it is illegal. To determine if what they have done is illegal, there are a few things you need to look at. A promise for a raise or a promotion is not in itself actionable. Additionally, failure to give a raise is also not actionable. However, if the company policy has the new description at the higher pay rate, or if there is a policy stating that all people doing your job should receive a particular wage, then you may have a breach of contract claim for the lower amount.

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If corporate is stating that your job description should be a pay grade higher, then you need to contact corporate every few days to make sure that this gets taken care of. If, the system at your company is set up so that if you have that description, you cannot make the lower amount that you are making, then you would have a claim.

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So, what you should do now depends on exactly what your situation is.

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If you do not just have a promise for a raise, but in fact have concrete evidence that you have been working at a job for a set amount of time that should have guaranteed a higher salary, then you can contact an employment attorney in your area, or you can file a claim with the DLSE Here

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http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/howtofilewageclaim.htm

Employment-LawExpert :

If you do not believe that you have a guaranteed higher salary, but you think it was just a promise for a raise, then you need to contact corporate daily until your pay grade actually gets increased.

Employment-LawExpert :

However, while making an argument that you have a verbal agreement for the raise will be difficult, it is not impossible. To do so, you need to point to the exact increase in amount that you were promised. If the promise of a raise was not for an exact amount, then there is unfortunately not much that you can do other than keep hounding whoever is in charge of this to make sure that your pay gets increased.

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I am terribly sorry to hear that you are in this situation. It is a shame when an employer treats employees in a way that is quite frankly wrong. However, that does not necessarily mean that it is illegal. To determine if what they have done is illegal, there are a few things you need to look at. A promise for a raise or a promotion is not in itself actionable. Additionally, failure to give a raise is also not actionable. However, if the company policy has the new description at the higher pay rate, or if there is a policy stating that all people doing your job should receive a particular wage, then you may have a breach of contract claim for the lower amount.


If corporate is stating that your job description should be a pay grade higher, then you need to contact corporate every few days to make sure that this gets taken care of. If, the system at your company is set up so that if you have that description, you cannot make the lower amount that you are making, then you would have a claim.


So, what you should do now depends on exactly what your situation is.


If you do not just have a promise for a raise, but in fact have concrete evidence that you have been working at a job for a set amount of time that should have guaranteed a higher salary, then you can contact an employment attorney in your area, or you can file a claim with the DLSE Here


http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/howtofilewageclaim.htm


If you do not believe that you have a guaranteed higher salary, but you think it was just a promise for a raise, then you need to contact corporate daily until your pay grade actually gets increased.


However, while making an argument that you have a verbal agreement for the raise will be difficult, it is not impossible. To do so, you need to point to the exact increase in amount that you were promised. If the promise of a raise was not for an exact amount, then there is unfortunately not much that you can do other than keep hounding whoever is in charge of this to make sure that your pay gets increased.

 

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