can an employer ask you to do management job without compensation?

I have been doing both assistant manager and manager job for 3 months with no compensation. When I asked for compensation, they fired me. I was being paid as assistant manager and also being paid less then employee's I was in charge of.

Asked By: friskyfrog12901 - 12/26/2008
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in the US as long as you are paid at least minimum wage and applicable overtime your employer can ask you to perform any duties that are not illegal, immoral or unethical regardless of what job or job description you have. (unless you have a contract or are covered by a collective bargaining agreement that "... More
Answered By: michr - 12/26/2008
Additional Answers (8)
you worked without getting paid and they fired you?
Answered By: cristelle R - 12/26/2008
of course they can and often do. Why would they pay you higher wages if they can get some one for less money Sorry you lost your job but you should have thought of that before you made demands
Answered By: golferwhoworks - 12/26/2008
The job description for an assistant manager probably allows them to use you as a temporary manager until a suitable replacement is found. As far as the firing goes they would either need to have grounds to terminate you or they would have to abolish your position. If you feel that you were wrongfully terminated you... More
Answered By: Harry - 12/26/2008
Check with your state labor relations board. Every state has one. Look on your state's website for it. It might be called something like a Department of Labor Relations, or Industrial Relations, or something like that.
Answered By: skeptical - 12/26/2008
They can do anything they want, if you work in a non-union place... If you work in a job where you belong to a union, the union and management decide what the duties of each job are.....
Answered By: Sophie B - 12/26/2008
Well legally if you weren't getting compensated then you likely weren't hired in the first place. By continuing to work there for free you developed a tacit agreement (which has some legal value) with your employer. If you were really employed (i.e. registered with the state and federal government via W-2 or W-4... More
Answered By: MattKramer - 12/26/2008
Check your job description; if assistant manager is defined as covering for a manager temporarily (in case the manager leaves or is on maternity leave), that means no, they do not owe you money for any extra duties. It's part of your job as assistant manager. This happened to me when I covered for a manager who was on... More
Answered By: The Bride Beatrice - 12/26/2008
No compensation? You weren't getting paid at all? No, that wouldn't be legal... More
Answered By: Judy - 12/27/2008
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