A 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit Japan Wednesday night, killing four people. A redditor says she fell into the quake – but luckily, she only smashed the window. But she was chewed by her boss because the hassles of trying to fix the window caused her to be only five minutes early for her shift instead of 45 minutes early.
In a post on the popular Reddit forum r/antiwork, u/lesbianintokyo shared her story, promising she would never work too soon again. Her story has garnered over 12,300 upvotes and over 450 comments.
u/lesbianintokyo wrote, explaining that she is scheduled to start work at 4 p.m. as an English and Maths teacher.
“Anyway, there was a massive earthquake last night in Japan. My window was shattered, so I spent a lot of time this morning and afternoon talking to the homeowner and fixing it,” she continued.
“I walked to work at 3:55 (still early). My boss immediately started yelling at me demanding to know why I was late. These things were still not clean and organized and that I was being selfish. Once I explained I wasn’t I was late, and showed up Too early just to be cute, I started screaming again.”
“She told me she was expecting me there tomorrow (Friday) at the usual (early) time. Yeah, guess who’s not going early anymore,” concluded u/lesbianintokyo.
Later in the thread, u/lesbianintokyo said, “I know we have few workers, so I usually set up classes to give others a break. My job description doesn’t mention classroom maintenance. I do many tasks not in my description. It’s over today. “.
As I explained in a comment on NEWSWEEK That “organizing” you will do includes “setting tables, adding class dividers, preparing computers for online lessons”, but that’s not her job, but “my bosses or members of my staff”.
“So I had to start class 5 minutes late because nothing was ready for me. My boss was upset about that too,” said u/lesbianintokyo NEWSWEEK. She also mentioned that she told her boss why she was late – but her boss didn’t care or even asked if she was okay.
Some bosses may try to require hourly employees to come to work early, without pay. However, in the US, this is illegal – and according to the Japan General Federation, it is also illegal there. “Working hours,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor, include “all the time the employee must be on duty, at the employer’s premises or at any other designated place of business. Any additional time the employee is permitted (for example, has suffered or allowed) to operate.” According to the General Federation, Japan treats “working hours” in roughly the same way.
In other words, legally, u/lesbianintokyo must be compensated for the time they are regulated. This is echoed by several redditors on the r/antiwork subreddit.
u/Vibrantmender20 wrote “”Oh, my usual hours start at 3? Think my check for the overdue amount you owe got lost in the mail? “I imagine that will silence them very quickly.”
u/Lonewolfe1222 said: “If your boss wants you there 45 minutes before shifts start when you get there. The moment the company expects you to start work is the moment they are asked to start paying you.”
“Join NUGW. Berlitz (Begunto) union workers hit the required unpaid preparation time and earned all their back pay. Non-union workers got nothing. There is strength in numbers and the Japanese court system often favors working in such situations,” u/UseWhatever Books.
“I used to come 10-15 minutes early every day of my own volition. It averaged an extra hour of unpaid work each week (and that didn’t include missed breaks). The first time I left early, I was punished and forced to cover the missing hour. of remuneration with annual leave”, wrote u/JebusJM.
“At the last place I worked (which I affectionately refer to as the Seventh Circle), I used to come early, have lunch at my desk and stay late. The day I walked in two minutes late and an email popped up as soon as I sat down warning me about how we expect to be on time and that We work our “timed hours” (I was paid) it was the last day they got any extra time from me. Want to play nickel and dime with time? Well the two minutes you were late cost you at least two hours in free work,” u/raulrocks99 wrote.
NEWSWEEK I reached out to u/lesbianintokyo for comment.