They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. It seems like one of the first things to fall victim to this type of corruption is the mind.
There is something about being in charge of a company that makes some people lose complete touch with reality. They take extraordinary liberties. They severely underestimate the intelligence and capabilities of the people who support them. Here are a few examples we often see in our employment law practice.
Misclassifying employees is a classic example of putting money before people. There is just no excuse. Nobody should be able to cheat you out of the benefits and protections you deserve if you have a critical role, if the people you work for dictate the way you work or if you make various other sacrifices a contractor would not have to.
Bosses and company owners have the final say in promotions, raises and hiring, right? Wrong: These practices are governed by a higher power. It is against the law to discriminate based on age, race, religion, gender and so on — regardless of company policymakers’ fantasies to the contrary.
Wage and hour
From the number of wage-and-hour lawsuits we see, it almost seems like business owners do not believe workers are capable of basic math. Taking overtime hours multiplied by the overtime pay rate and adding regular hours multiplied by the regular pay rate — our clients are capable of much more than that.
That capability always seems to be news to employers who try to weasel out of paying what they owe. They almost always seem surprised when they end up with the bill.
There is too much to list here. Social security resistance, sexual abuse denial and companies that try to double-talk their way out of FMLA leave: We have seen too many instances of workers’ intelligence underestimated. It is our solemn duty — but also our pleasure — to send this type of arrogance back to school.