Can an employer pay a different hourly wage than what my hired wage is?

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Can an employer pay a different hourly wage than what my hired wage is?

I was hired as a bus driver at lowest level bus driver pay no experience. I’ve
been helping out in the office since our secretary quit the Friday before school
started and my pay was separated into hours worked in the office and driving
time and I was paid less for the secretary hours. There were no negotiations,
agreement or employment contract to work as a secretary or to change my pay.

Asked on October 4, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, they do *not* have an obligation to discuss it with you or get your agreement, unless--and only if--you had a written employment contract guarantying or setting your pay. In the absence of a written contract, your employer may freely change your pay at will, whether or not you agree. And an employer may pay an employee different wages for different tasks or aspects of the job. So based on what you write, this was legal.


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