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Paying some employees a higher wage

Discussion in 'Employment Contracts & Work Policies' started by cake, Mar 22, 2014.

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  1. cake

    cake Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Is it against the law for a company to pay higher wages not covered in the labor agreement to selected workers, and the other workers doing the same job, work performance get what was agreed too in the labor agreement?
    Example:
    Job A pays $12hr according to the labor agreement.
    There is only 10 workers/positions for job A as agreed too in the labor agreement.
    Some managers are friends with some of the new workers starting in job A and boost pay for the 3 workers/friends to another level for workers in lets say job B. lets say job B pays $15 hour and there are only 5 positions. There is still 5 workers doing job B, but 8 workers being paid at job B pay rate of $15hr.

    Do the 7 workers doing job A - making $12hr have a case? Is back-wages for the 7 workers possible? What federal law has been broken?
     
  2. Betty3

    Betty3 Super Moderator

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    You generally just can't discriminate based on a reason prohibited by law (religion, race, gender....).

    Is there anything in the wage agreement prohibiting paying workers more than the agreed upon amount?
     
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    army judge Super Moderator

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    If you're in a union, working under a CBA, your beef starts with your union.
    If anything has been violated, it's the CBA.
     
  4. cbg

    cbg Super Moderator

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    There is no law stating that all employees doing the same job must be paid exactly the same, if that is your question.
     
  5. cake

    cake Law Topic Starter New Member

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    No wording in contract prohibiting. Only the number of jobs and the wages for each, also that seniority is used to determine who does what job.
    I find it strange that it is not prohibited, seems like discrimination or something... I think a brown nose policy creates bitterness and ill will.
    Thanks for the replies.
     
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    Is this a union contract (CBA)? If so & you believe any part of the contract has been violated, contact your union rep.
     
  7. ElleMD

    ElleMD Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like your beef is with your union for not negotiating better pay. If your CBA says $12 an hour, then that is what you will be paid. Aside from certain government positions, nepotism is not illegal. If the company wants to pay those who are friends more, they are legally able to do so.
     

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