I am a employee of a spa in Seattle Washington. I work as a massage therapist and I am paid a set rate for each massage I give. I am guaranteed the greater of $12/hour for all hours I am present at the spa or the total of my commissions.
Part of my work requirements is that i am present for so many predetermined "walk-in shifts" a week, where I must be physically present in the spa regardless as to my bookings. The number and length of the walk-in shift depends on your position in the spa. ie estheticians have more and longer walk-ins then massage therapists and the spa owner who works as an esthetician has NO walk-in shifts.
During walk-in shifts when we aren't booked we can do as we like at the spa: trade services, use our computers or phones, or socialize. But we are also expected to do laundry and any other tasks assigned by the owner. I have been asked to deep clean treatment rooms, train other employees, assemble office furniture, cover the front desk (we normally have an hourly employee working the desk.) Some times we will have one on one "training" with the owner where we give her a service without receiving commission.
At the end of the day we have "chore time" and we are assigned or pick from a list of chores to clean the spa in addition to cleaning the treatment room we used that day. The hourly front desk employees are assigned to clean the front desk area and waiting area by default. The other chores include cleaning the toilets, doing dishes, taking out the trash ect. Once again the owner doesn't do chores.
So question one: Can my employer require walk-in shifts that differ based on position and that do not apply to herself when she is working as an employee of her own company?
question two: can she require all commissioned employees to clean the spa every day when she will not.
I am not against cleaning my treatment room but the hourly employees aren't assigned a task outside their work area.
On another subject, the spa owner recently changed policy regarding shift coverage when we want to trade shifts. She has made it policy that at no time can there be only male massage therapists on shift. and on weekends there must be at least two female massage therapists working. So as a female if I and a male are working a shift together i must find another female if i want to take that shift off. The basis of this is that by not having a female massage therapist on for the clients to choose to work with the spa would lose money. This I have in writing in an email she sent out to all employees.
Is this gender bias or discrimination
In spite of what may seem like a long list of complaints i really do like my job. But I am going to chat with my boss about my discomfort with her policies soon and i would like some references to show her. So any links to state law that you can provide will be extremely helpful.