What to do about employment fraud regarding how pay is determined?
Question Details: I work at a warehouse as a picker. There is a system which indicates how fast we work; it's percentage based and determines what we are paid. Right now, there have been changes which have effected us gaining our percentage. On average, most people can get 100% which I think is fair but because of the recent changes, we can barely reach 90% which is a massive difference. Even our best work colleges are having difficulty. I feel like this isn't right;we should still be able to get at least 100%. I feel like the employers lowered the percentage gain so we would have to work faster. Wouldn't this be fraud? What legal action should I take? This is just recent, so I've contacted the employer but no response so far.
It is not fraud or in any way illegal to set unattainable goals for employees, to lower their pay, or make them work harder for less. These things are all done all the time. Unfortunately, unless you had a written employent contract guarantying or locking in your pay, your employer has 100% control over your pay (as long as they pay you at least minimum wage given the number of hours worked) and can change your pay for its benefit and your detriment at will. This is all a consequence of "employment at will," which is the law of this country: there is no right to employment, and so the terms of a job and compensation are under the employer's, not employees', control.