What are my rights at my workplace regarding matters for which I don't get paid?
Question Details: Being an techician at an automotive dealership in TX, a few of us feel our servive manager is over stepping his bondries. For example, I was "contacted" to work from 8 am-5 pm like most jobs. However, our manager implemented a policy whereby we need to be there for a 7:30 am mandatory meeting. I only get paid for working on cars and closing out repair orders for repairs made. Sometimes I come in at 7:30 and get to work and not go to these meetings that are to me unproductive and unnecessary; it's just to state how many appointments we have so doesn't concern me. Well because I've missed these meetings, I've been written up and threatened with termination. This also goes along with a lot of other procedures that take up my time in a day that I don't get paid for. If my manager makes it "mandatory" to clean the bathroom for 8 hours a day and takes me away from what pays me, how do I fight that? Keep in mind this is a large dealership and I rather work something out.
There are two different issues here:
1) Can the manager make you attend meetings, clean bathrooms, etc.? Yes, your manager determines what your job is and what you have to do, and if you don't do what you are told to do, you may be disciplined--even terminated.
2) However, if you are an hourly (as opposed to salaried, for example) employee, you must be paid for all time worked, not matter whether you are repairing cars or sweeping out the bathroom. If not paid for all time worked--all time doing what your employer tells you to do--contact the state department of labor about filing a complaint. All time you are required to be at work, whether "actually working" or in meetins or doing something else, is work time.