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Cutting Hourly Wage Without Notice Proud Mommy<3 1 child; Greenville, SC, United States 136 posts
11th Sep '13

I worked at this dead end daycare job for the past year and three months. At first, it was good. I was able to work full time and bring my daughter and pay half of what daycare cost there ($415/month after the discount was applied). I was making $9.00/hour which was not enough by any means but I made it work. I started back at the local college this semester and I am taking four classes. When I talked to my manager about it, at first he was okay with it. But for the past few weeks I was unable to get out of work on time because of ratio purposes causing me to miss classes. I was getting really frustrated and people around me knew it. I was very pissy by the end of the day because I was underpaid and completely overworked.



Last Thursday I was called into the office and my manager gave me a choice: Change my attitude or leave. On top of those two choices, he also informed me that it was my job to keep his workplace top priority and that I should drop some of my classes so I can focus more on work. When I explained to him that I am taking these classes to further my career in the medical field, he was not happy with it.



Friday morning I received a phone call from this company I applied for four months ago. They needed me immediately (as in, the next day). I was so excited because this is literally my dream job. It pays $14.50/hour entry level and I only work three days per week. So now I can go to school full time and work and be able to see my daughter a lot more now.



I told the owner of my pre-school job that I could no longer work for them due to the fact I need to finish school and that this new job is the best to start building my career. I regretted now being able to give a notice but if I didn't take this new job now, they would have found someone else. The owner said she was completely fine with it and told me to finish out my day. And I did.



Today is payday. I check my bank account and my paycheck was less than $275 (after taxes and childcare expenses). I remember hearing from a girl there that if you quit without notice, they knock your pay down to minimum wage. In South Carolina - where I live - that is legal but the company is supposed to give you a written note 7 days before payday informing that your pay will be decreased. I did not receive any forewarning that this would happen.



Here is my question: My SO has no problem covering my expenses that my paycheck would have covered this week. That being said, is it even worth my time to argue this? I am going to ask to see where I signed for them to be able to do that, if I actually signed anything a year ago. But even if I didn't, the court costs would be more than I would be getting back.



Sorry for the rambling, I'm just livid.

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
11th Sep '13

Idk if there is anything you can do, but I would certainly be going in their to chew them out!

Proud Mommy<3 1 child; Greenville, SC, United States 136 posts
11th Sep '13
Quoting Rebekah Garden x3:" Idk if there is anything you can do, but I would certainly be going in their to chew them out!"


Oh, trust me, I am! I am calling corporate office when they open in ten minutes. I also have to drive up there in a few hours to pick up my pay stub. If I don't get the money back, at least I can get a little anger out ;)



It annoys me because this daycare I worked at was "NAEYC accredited" and all that, but it was shit. I would never leave my daughter there without me being able to see her because of how bad the teachers are. They also refused to fire anyone in fear they would call DSS...

Back to Noob Status Ohio 14048 posts
11th Sep '13

No. It isn't worth the headache, especially if your SO is willing to help you out. It sucks that you couldn't give a two-week notice, but your former boss seemed like an absolute dick. Work should NEVER be more important than your education.

♥Manda♥ Swan Valley, WA, Australia 29395 posts
11th Sep '13
Quoting Mother of a Princess :):" I worked at this dead end daycare job for the past year and three months. At first, it was good. I was ... [snip!] ... ago. But even if I didn't, the court costs would be more than I would be getting back. Sorry for the rambling, I'm just livid."


Personally I would just leave it, you didnt give them sufficient notice of your intent to leave the job, you cant really expect sufficient notice of their intent to drop your pay to minimum wage. Unless you NEED that cash, it will cause more hassle to fight it. Just enjoy your new job :)

Proud Mommy<3 1 child; Greenville, SC, United States 136 posts
11th Sep '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Manda♥Bella:</b>" Personally I would just leave it, you didnt give them sufficient notice of your intent to leave the ... [snip!] ... to drop your pay to minimum wage. Unless you NEED that cash, it will cause more hassle to fight it. Just enjoy your new job :)"</blockquote>




Thank you :)

user banned 2 kids; Medina, New York 1612 posts
11th Sep '13

Please report them to dss if you feel that way!!!!

Mrs. Brightside 2 kids; Lichtensteig, Switzerland 11733 posts
11th Sep '13

I would say something to them, call corporate and see if they will give you your money. If not, I wouldn't pursue it any further. It will be more money and a bigger headache than its worth.

A is Me 1 child; South Carolina 3782 posts
11th Sep '13

I'm in sc too and it seems like anything to do with workers' rights sucks here.
I wouldn't argue. Your boss will probably just say that he did give you notice anyway. Just be happy you got out of that dead end job! Congrats on the new one!!!

Proud Mommy<3 1 child; Greenville, SC, United States 136 posts
11th Sep '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting A is Me:</b>" I'm in sc too and it seems like anything to do with workers' rights sucks here. I wouldn't argue. Your ... [snip!] ... just say that he did give you notice anyway. Just be happy you got out of that dead end job! Congrats on the new one!!!"</blockquote>




Thank you! :) I'm just going to ask to see my signature and all that jazz.anll And you are so correct. This state is annoying.

Proud Mommy<3 1 child; Greenville, SC, United States 136 posts
11th Sep '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting [JiLLiAN]:</b>" Please report them to dss if you feel that way!!!!"</blockquote>




I am. I reported anonymously them when I worked there but they clean up fast for DSS. It annoys the shit out of me.

user banned 2 kids; Medina, New York 1612 posts
11th Sep '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mother of a Princess :):</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting [JiLLiAN]:</b>" Please report them to dss if you feel that way!!!!"</blockquote> ... [snip!] ... I am. I reported anonymouslu them when I worked there but they clean up fast for DSS. It annoys the shit out of me."</blockquote>



DSS shouldn't notify them they are coming. That sucks :(

Destinite 1 child; 2 angel babies; Paradise, FL, United States 31297 posts
11th Sep '13
Quoting Mother of a Princess :):" I worked at this dead end daycare job for the past year and three months. At first, it was good. I was ... [snip!] ... ago. But even if I didn't, the court costs would be more than I would be getting back. Sorry for the rambling, I'm just livid."

Nope, it is perfectly legal to do it.