CEO using company funds for personal use, no OT, lying on legal document for immigration

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CEO using company funds for personal use, no OT, lying on legal document for immigration

My CEO as well as his fiance is using company funds for personal use. I have
proof of this. He is an immigrant and has asked employees to sign false documents
stating how he has helped them so he can be seen as an asset to the country so
his papers go through faster proof of this. He also does not pay overtime and
only pays us once a month. Some employees are paid under the table proof of this
as well and most men in the office get paid more than the women.

Asked on May 8, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The only thing you can take action for is for violations harming you or costing you money--you have no "standing," or legal right to act, for things that do not affect you. So the only thing you could directly do is, if you are not paid overtime when you should be, you could contact the state or federal department of labor to file an overtime complaint.
If the CEO is not also the sole or majority ower, you could tell the board of directors about his misuse of funds, but bear in mind that it is likely they will support their CEO, not a lower-level employee, and you could easily be fired. (And if he is the sole or majority owner, there's no point in doing this--he has 100% control and can do what he wants.)
You could in theory report any immigration violations to INS, but if your report turns out to be wrong, you could possibly file liability for filing a false report or defamation, if he becomes aware of who filed.


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