I feel my employer is trying to retaliate against me, by transferring me to an unreasonable location in order to have me quit, for several incidents where I did not agree with unfair practices he uses, or statements he's made, and most recently for making a complaint to HR about our wage
/payscale. In January my company changed our payscale to keep a distance above the rising minimum wage
, but the plan was rushed and put into action leaving large gaps where the pay is unfair for certain people who were promoted before their hire date, in essence making it a numbers game rather than performance based to keep the rate fair for people in the same position as they claim. I spoke with my area manager several times about the issue because at the time the current store manager took a leave of absence and I was required to fill in for him. I would be working 60+ hours a week and felt is was unfair I was working at the lesser pay scale. He lied to me on several occasions stating he was waiting for information from HR regarding this and ultimately I had to speak to HR myself, who stated they explained the scale to him and he wad supposed to explain it to me afterwards. This happened twice, once in February, when i was denied my yearly review, where I was informed because of the company's decision to raise wages in January, it counted as my review, and again in July. For months I was subjected to running an understaffed store with new hires or trainees, who according to their own policy shouldn't have even been working on these vehicles until they were certified, and in essence left myself and the 1 other assistmanager working 6 days a week, open to close, where we often couldn't take a lunch because we could not leave these half trained workers unsupervised in order to take an uninterrupted meal period. In those cases we are supposed to be entitled to a meal penalty, however the area manager threatens write up, suspensions and even termination
for members of management who opt to take the meal penalty, as the company recently was involved in a class action suit for not allowing the permitted lunch breaks
, and meal penalties would reflect that practice still being in place despite the suit. That said there were many days I would be doing the job of 2-4 employees because despite several pleas, they would not transfer
any qualified people to the location, even after several verbal disagreements on the phone and in person about these practices. With that being said as soon as the previous manager returned, despite claims that once he returned he would be managing a different location, they've now made several attempts to urge me to quit or fire me. I do not currently have my own transportation, nor at my time of hire did I, and I was assured by the previous area manager that I would be kept local providing I would manage travel between closer Hollywood stores. The original store I was hired for is approximately 15-20 minutes from my home, as are several other locations I have moved to over the course of my 3 and a half years of employment. Some were easier to manage and some a little less, but none as outright unreasonable as this current transfer. Some other incidents include me being outspoken about the firing of another employee for doing a side job, a brake job, with the consent and help of a previous store manager, only for the employee to be fired for breaking company rules and doing the job, and the manager keeping his position. This manager, mind you, was hired directly by the area manager because he was his next door neighbor and a former service manager, something they both openly joked about on the job. Another incident during my stint as store manager involves an employee who was hurt on the job and was to recieve reasonable accommodation until she was better. In one instance a different store manager, who previously worked for the area manager before he was promoted, happened to be at the store and asked this employee to do some cleaning in the "pit" as we call it in the quick lube industry. This would require her lifting heavy grates, and extensive twisting and moving which could injure her back further. She let this manager know this and that she was on restrictions and this manager became livid and highly unprofessional. She pulled me to the side, and states "I just told this fat heffa to clean and she's saying she can't do nothing" I inform her of what the employee already has, so she opts to call the area manager, where he precedes to verbally assault the girl, both on the phone with her, and with me where he states several different times they've supposedly spoken to her doctor, there's nothing wrong with her, and even goes so far as to say "she's just trying to get us to fire her so he can get unemployment
", and "I don't have time for a handicap then." And instructs me to make her sit in cameras view in the lobby and no one speak to her or we risk our jobs. This is only a few of several inccidents.