Fleet Manager of petroleum tankers. Documented schedule is 6pm to 2am Tuesday through Saturday nights. First night at 2am I was informed that I was required to roll the company phone line to my personal cell phone before leaving office. At my home I am required to answer and complete all calls between 2am and 6am. ALL calls require access to computer logged into company server. Within a month i was requesting to be paid for a full 12 hours since I am tied to my home and computer until 6 am.
Drivers work 12 sometimes 14 hour shifts and in the past all dispatchers worked 12 hour shifts as well. The daytime shifts are 12 hour shifts. One or the other daytime dispatchers covers my shift at night on my days off, vacation, sick etc. THEY, working from their homes, get paid for a full 12 hours when covering for me.
I decided to work one of my days off as an extra shift every week. On that day I am paid for 12 hours, work from home
but only paid for 8 the other 5 nights. Those nights I work from the office 6pm until 2am, roll the phones and finish the night from home.
Night shift has always mirrored the day shift. 2 man schedule, 12 hour shifts.
New regional manager cut it to 1 man, 8 hour shift, eliminating a position to save money. I have continually requested, for the last 2.5 years to at least discuss being paid for the last 4 hours. Im either ignored or put off by comments of "i'll look into it" then 6 months pass and still nothing. I have sent emails every 3 to 6 months and get no response. I missed one call, one night, around 5am and it was reported to manager. I was told if I missed another call between 2 and 6 I would be "written up" and if continued, be terminated. I've heard their only thoughts on the subject is that "I agreed to do the job as it existed". I did not agree and was not told about the "stand by" position regarding the phone and the 4 hours Im required to perform for free. Nobody would agree to that. The "agreed to" comment has never been said TO me but could be used in response to this claim.
They refuse to even discuss paying me for those 4 hours. Can I get back pay for all the hours Ive worked for free, just to keep my job. I WILL be fired by filing a claim win or lose.