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about a year ago i had requested a pay raise to my store manager. he said he would inflate my hours to equal a dollar more an hour until he could get me a raise from the company. i believe that he made no attempt to ask on my behalf for a raise, because in his mine, that would increase his store payrole and it would reflect on him negatively, or perhaps it effects his "bonus" if he gave raises. now here's the real problem. he's being transfered to another store and now i'll be getting a dollar an hour cut because he won't be there to alter my hours to reflect the raise i have been getting for over a year now via inflated hours.i as an employee merely requested that he give me a pay increase, not concerning myself or even thinking that it would be given without company approval. non the less, he chose to get me the raise my this method and now that he's leaving, i'll be expected to resume my position and recieve a dollar an hour less!! he said he would try to correct this by getting me a legitimate raise, however it doesn't appear that he's really going to, because he's avoiding the issue with multiple excuses. now, come monday, the new store manager will arrive and he'll expect the same duties to which i had been doing. my position is third in command of this drug store chain. there's manager, assistant manager, and key person (me), followed by cashiers.also, i might add that even if he were to get me back the dollar/hour, i feel its time for another raise, because i've been at this rate for over a year now, but that will not happen because in the company's mine they would've just given me the dollar, so now i'll really be behind on pay raises.he also asked that i not disclose this matter to anyone. i agreed that i would'nt, but at the time i really thought that he would resolve the problem that he created. what advice can you give? my self esteem, is taking damage. please help me & tell me if i have any legel recourse. thanks in advance!



Well, you're between a rock and a hard place! Hate to tell you this, but I think that by inflating your hours (paying for more hours than actually worked) -- in essence you/manager were stealing from the Company, as in payroll fraud -- for which your Company can fire you and your manager. You would be far better off keeping your head down and taking that "cut" and then ask for a raise the legitimate way. If the Company finds out what went on, they will do an indepth audit of that store to find out what else has been going on and you, the other employees and the manager just might find yourselves in deep trouble.

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