Employee accused of internet-supported wage theft

Members of a popular Internet forum were quick to summon an employer who accused an employee of stealing wages they don’t owe at all.

In a viral Reddit post posted on r/antiwork, Redditor u/DannoWhamo wrote that they started logging the hours they were forced to work during their days off, and explained what happened when their employer found out. Titled, “I Was Told I Was Committing Logging Wage Theft When The President Called Me For Hour-long Meetings,” the viral post received more than 30,500 votes and nearly 1,200 comments.

From explaining that they spend most days off in work-related meetings, and completing other work-related tasks, u/DannoWhamo said they put in place a plan to ensure they are compensated for their extra efforts.

“I was basically tired of my days off with my phone and laptop glued to my phone, so I started logging hours outside of my work day as it bothered me with work-related issues,” the Redditor wrote.

After their boss found out, u/DannoWhamo was accused of stealing company time.

“My boss told me I’m stealing watches from him,” the Redditor wrote. “But doesn’t he make me work on my days off and use my time?”

Wage theft, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), is “the practice of employers not paying workers the full wages they are legally entitled to.”

Although wage theft affects millions of American workers (EPI reports that wage theft accounts for billions of dollars in lost wages each year), employee accusations of stealing time from employers fall under another umbrella of supposed theft: time theft.

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The commentators defended one Reddit user, who said their boss accused them of stealing company time.
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Defined by TLNT, an online resource for employee management advice, as “time employees are paid and not spent in the pursuit of their assigned tasks,” time theft is a major concern for employers across the country.

With employees “stealing” an average of 4.5 hours per week and employers incurring billions of dollars annually, the collective crackdown on workplace time theft has been fast and exciting.

However, theft of time usually comes as a result of unclear trends and having to divide attention between conflicting tasks. And in cases like the one described in the viral Reddit post, additional requests related to non-working hours force employees to deal with personal matters on company time.

While disputes between employers and employees over time and potentially stolen wages have raged for centuries, online rhetoric on both issues has come to a head as more American workers quit their jobs last year, than at any other time in the country’s history. .

Toxic work cultures, as well as poor work-life balances, act as major factors for employees torn between staying and leaving, and in cases where employees are not compensated for work they complete off-the-clock, many choose the latter.

In the comments section of the viral post, Redditors agreed that u/DannoWhamo was justified in logging hours spent working on vacation days, and that his original employer was wrong in accusing him of wage theft.

Redditor u/Salt-Selection-8425, receiving nearly 16,000 votes, wrote: “The president doesn’t know what ‘wage theft’ means.”

And they continued, “He’s stealing time from you and he doesn’t want to pay.” “What you’re doing is thwarting wage theft.”

Redditor u/rcuadro, whose comment got more than 1,200 votes, responded to the post with a similar message.

“It’s wage theft,” they commented. “Despite this, the victim was incorrectly identified by your boss.”

Redditor u/Blarty97 added: “Ask your boss why he is being dishonest by asking you to work and trying not to pay you.”

In a separate comment, which also garnered more than 1,200 votes, Redditor u/EasternShade said the head of the original poster should have been more clear about their expectations during the holidays, and that he should be grateful to employees who are willing to work, even when it’s not scheduled for them.

They commented, “Don’t I sign in? Don’t make me do a job.” “Do you want me to do a job? Expect me to participate.”

“We welcome you for being available to work during unscheduled rest hours,” they added.

NEWSWEEK I reached out to u/DannoWhamo for comment.