If I work for one company, but do work for another should I be paid for both?

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If I work for one company, but do work for another should I be paid for both?

I currently work for a company owned by a person that owns multiple companies.
When I hired in, I was told I was the ‘Marketing Director’, but that has quickly
turned into me doing the General Managers job duties and essentially making sure
the entire company is running smoothly. This includes helping in shipping, IT
support, Accounting, etc. In addition to this, the owner has me doing things for
his other company without being paid separately for it. Is this legal?

Asked on February 28, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

This is a matter for you to negotiate with your employer. The fact is that in "at will" work relationship an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. That is unless in doing so the terms of an employment contract or union agreement are breached. Also, the employee's treatment must not constitute any form of legally actionable discrimination (which does not appear to be the case here). 

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