Deborah Ahrens, Roseville, California:
"I was originally hired as a salaried employee: I supervised six people in HR and accounting. Then the Company decided that, when a new labor law was passed in California, if I didn't spend 50 percent of my time supervising, I had to be paid an hourly rate.
"So my salary was cut and I was given an hourly wage with one hour of overtime guaranteed per day. I always worked more than one hour but had no compensation. The hour of overtime was supposed to make up for what my salary would have been, had I worked a 40 hour week.
"This company was getting a lot of overtime from me. I usually worked six days a week and 10 hour days were common. I had to do this amount of work to get my job done."
Ahrens was the business controller for a retirement home, which are notoriously understaffed. She worked these hours - often doing the job of two people - for about a year. "They said I would have to do this if I wanted to keep my job," she says.
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"When I finally got around to giving my notice, the company sold. I now work for the new company and my salary was reinstated; I no longer get an hourly rate. But when I went on vacation I got my vacation pay and no overtime, not the extra hour per day they promised me. I think they owe me about $5,000. When I got cashed out from the company I originally worked for, they paid me the hourly rate and no overtime.
"This Company is now selling off a lot of their properties. I know all of their controllers, at least ten, with the same problems. Some are still working for this company, still waiting to get paid their overtime.