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Old 06-20-2008, 04:50 PM   #1
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Suspended from work- really upset- UPDATE Post 42

I'm really upset right now and just need to vent. I recently started a job as a waitress at a local italian-type restaurant. I've been kind of frustrated with them. Three weeks in a row I was scheduled as "support" (bussing tables, filling drinks, making salads, etc.). We have been really slow now that the unviersity is out of session and the past three Saturdays I was sent home literally within minutes of arriving, instead of them calling me in advance like they are supposed to do. One time, the supervisor (won't call them managers, they're basically glorified servers) saw me come in, watched me clock in, was with me back in the server station as I was checking on salads and filling dressings, and then walked to the bar and sent another server to tell me to go home.

We have an e-mail system on our computers and they pop up whenever you log in, and every week there are e-mails from supervisors that say things like "hey idiot servers" or "xyz looks like s***." Talk about unprofessional!

So here is what happened to tday: I got a call asking if I could come in and talk about schedules. I asked off to have knee surgery and I'm assuming that is what it is about. I went in and the server manager told me I am suspended for a week because my sidework (chores) aren't being done properly or fast enough. She accused me of not doing it last night when I did every single thing on that list. Nobody has ever told me that I am too slow or that it was not being done properly- and nobody trained me to do it! We are supposed to have three days of training. I did not. My first day was training, the second day my trainer gave me half his tables and left me on my own. The third day I worked as server support and that was it. No training on the sidework, so I've had to figure it out as I go. It has taken me awhile to get things done because I haven't done all the different things yet and am still trying to figure out where things are located and what I have to do. I know it takes me longer than others and have been trying to get faster.

What kills me about this whole thing is how unprofessional it is. Nobody said a word to me before now, if I wasn't doing it properly, a supervisor should have told me. They are supposed to check it before we go but most do not. In fact, the last evaluation I received was from the owners telling me that they appreciate my work ethic and how I always try to find something to do even when we aren't busy and try to help out. They said there are a lot of lazy people in the restaurant and they appreciate that I don't stand around like others. I don't understand how I can go from such a positive review to such a negative.

I was talking to my father and he thinks they are doing this because of my knee problem. The only way it has affect my work is that I have asked not to be on the stage so I don't have to step up and down. Otherwise, I do not let it affect me at all. He thinks they are afraid I'm going to claim it is a work injury and try to sue them. I just can't see the owners doing that, I'm not that way.

I'm just frustrated by the whole thing because there are so many people they do not do their sidework, and in the end it is the supervisor's responsibility to make sure it is done properly and communicate it if it is not. Some of the supervisors are the worst offenders (last night our supervisor sat at the bar for 2 hours talking). I don't know what to hink, but am so frustrated. This is the first time I have ever had a negative review from a job, and it's a bitter pill to swallow. Especially since I did not see this coming.
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Old 06-20-2008, 05:04 PM   #2
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Most states have a law about once you get to work they have to work you for at least 3 hours, they can't bring you in and have you leave.
If they do they have to pay you for three hours.
I think I would look for another job, waitress jobs are every where.
Sorry that you found an awful place to work.
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Old 06-20-2008, 05:07 PM   #3
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I agree with your dad. There are better places out there to work and you need to find one that will appreciate the job you do and provide adequate training if they want things to be done a certain way.
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Old 06-20-2008, 05:10 PM   #4
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Are the owner(s) ever there??

If not and this is locally owned not only is there bad management, there is bad ownership.

If it is a chain, and I assume you won't be going back, drop them a line to give them a heads up.

If I was the owner I would like to see the e-mails.
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Old 06-20-2008, 05:16 PM   #5
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It is proper to notify an employee of deficient work at least once before implemanting any type of action. ESPECIALY A SUSPENSION!!!!

and possibly illegal to not give a warning first, written or verbal.

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Old 06-20-2008, 05:16 PM   #6
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The owners recently opened a second store and have been spending a lot of time there. I have been kicking around the idea of quitting and going back to work at the grocery store kitchen where I worked last summer (I assumed this would be better money/hours), but I don't want to just give up. I have a strong work ethic and am worried about how quitting a job so soon will look on my resume. I know the other place will take me back in a heartbeat (again, I have never had a negative performance review at another job). There's two problems I'm facing:

a.) I have knee surgery next month so I can't really find another job at the moment (and I need another job) as I will be out for at least two weeks.

b.) If I quit now it will look like I can't handle it. The manager was nice and she said that she doesn't want to fire me over this so this is my "warning" so to speak, so she's at least giving me a chance.

I don't know if the owners have seen the e-mails or not. I'm afraid of rocking the boat. I also figured what they are doing when the send the support home is illegal, but again, I don't want to rock the boat. I know it's not just me that has this problem when they are scheduled support.
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Old 06-20-2008, 05:52 PM   #7
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I never heard of that 3 hour rule. My 16 year old was very excited to get a job at a local pizza chain. She worked 3 days the first week for 2 hours each, then today for 1 1/2 hours. I am less than thrilled as we want her to see the value of paying for things herself, but at this rate she still won't be able to pay for anything.
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Old 06-20-2008, 05:56 PM   #8
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I would let the owner know, quit, and not put it on a resume or application. And, generally talk to a state lawyer and see if they might at least owe you a few dollars. Good luck.
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Old 06-20-2008, 05:57 PM   #9
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The owners recently opened a second store and have been spending a lot of time there. I have been kicking around the idea of quitting and going back to work at the grocery store kitchen where I worked last summer (I assumed this would be better money/hours), but I don't want to just give up. I have a strong work ethic and am worried about how quitting a job so soon will look on my resume. I know the other place will take me back in a heartbeat (again, I have never had a negative performance review at another job). There's two problems I'm facing:

a.) I have knee surgery next month so I can't really find another job at the moment (and I need another job) as I will be out for at least two weeks.

b.) If I quit now it will look like I can't handle it. The manager was nice and she said that she doesn't want to fire me over this so this is my "warning" so to speak, so she's at least giving me a chance.

I don't know if the owners have seen the e-mails or not. I'm afraid of rocking the boat. I also figured what they are doing when the send the support home is illegal, but again, I don't want to rock the boat. I know it's not just me that has this problem when they are scheduled support.
How old are you? Is this your only income? (married?)
would you like to stay there if the owners clean up managment?


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Old 06-20-2008, 06:01 PM   #10
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there are many waitressing jobs out there and many places that will treat you right if you are a good worker ~ I suggest you try one of them
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Old 06-20-2008, 06:07 PM   #11
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Most states have a law about once you get to work they have to work you for at least 3 hours, they can't bring you in and have you leave.
If they do they have to pay you for three hours.
I think I would look for another job, waitress jobs are every where.
Sorry that you found an awful place to work.
That's not a law I have ever heard of. We don't have to do that in our state.
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Old 06-20-2008, 06:12 PM   #12
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Ohio definitely had that law, I had to abide by it during my management days. 3 hours was the minimum.

As for the OP, I would line up another job ASAP and then blow the whistle. Make sure you have saved the email or at least forwarded them onward where you can copy them.
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Old 06-20-2008, 06:57 PM   #13
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Many states have laws requiring minimum or show up pay. In California, Ohio and WV for example, it is 3 hours. This is required if the employee comes in on a day when they are scheduled to work longer, but are sent home early, or on a day when they are not regularly scheduled to work. There are also some exceptions if the short hours are due to acts of God.
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Old 06-20-2008, 07:04 PM   #14
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Where I used to work you had to schedule a person at least 3 hours per shift. However we also had something called VTO or Volunteered Time Off. If the person asked agreed to it, it didn't matter how long they worked, 3 hours or 3 minutes. But you couldn't "make" anyone go home.
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Old 06-21-2008, 12:16 AM   #15
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I've been trying to look into employment law in Missouri to see if there is a minimum pay requirement for a scheduled shift. I'm not finding anything one way or the other, but I'm not even sure how to look that up. The week after the suspension I'll get to work maybe one or two days (we close for the fourth of July) and then it is knee surgery time. Depending on how those days go, I may just say that it is a bad fit and not return after the surgery. I just hate leaving a job so soon, I feel like I am not fulfilling my obligation to them.
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