The employee had confronted their manager about being underpaid but they were shunned. After taking legal action, they got what was rightfully theirs.
Standing up for oneself is a crucial process that is challenging but aids in growth and confidence. When one faces injustice, one must take the necessary steps to earn and maintain respect. u/PublicHandle did just that when they were being underpaid, played and cheated at their workplace. They shared that despite several efforts, they weren’t getting their due payment and hence took legal action and went through the exhausting process of suing their boss. Posting on Reddit, the employee mentioned that they were working in hospitality. “For the longest time, I felt like I was being underpaid at work for the total number of hours that I was working,” the employee said.
They further mentioned that they decided to track their working hours to confirm whether their hunch was true. “It turned out I was being underpaid. I was working in hospitality, so I wasn't super surprised to learn that I was getting shafted.” However, the employee was not up for silently taking the injustice and decided to confront their manager. “After mustering up the courage to confront my boss about it and getting nowhere, I decided to take matters into my own hands,” the employee said. As with many toxic workplaces, the manager decided to ignore the rightful plea the employee made.
The employee took things into their own hands. They collected evidence, did some research and took legal action against their workplace. The employee mentioned that their decision to take legal action and the events that followed were “nerve-wracking.” “But I felt like I had to stand up for myself and for what I knew I deserved,” they added. They were also told by their boss that suing wouldn’t help and wasn’t worth it. Moreover, many others discouraged the employee from taking a stand. “A lot of my friends told me that it would create a hostile work environment, but I just had enough,” they expressed.
After much effort and hope, the employee emerged victorious and won their case. “The court ruled in my favor and I was awarded the rightful compensation for all those hours and efforts I had put into my job. It came out to like $2400 after lawyer’s fees,” they revealed. They stressed it was a challenging process, but the results were priceless. The employee further left a wise message for fellow employees and said, “I’m not saying everyone should run to the courthouse at the first sign of trouble, but sometimes you have to fight for what you’re worth.” They also encouraged others not to be afraid of confronting employers in such cruel cases.
“You’re not just an employee; you’re a valuable contributor and you deserve to be treated and compensated accordingly,” the post concluded. With nearly 2k upvotes, several commenters applauded the employee's bravery and determination to get what was their due. u/GoalsFeedback said, “If I steal $2,400, I go to prison for felony theft. The same should happen to your boss. He is a criminal.” u/spenser1994 said, “Good job, it’s not about the money with something like that, it’s about setting the bar for you and everyone else there.”