If my base pay is 14.00 is it legal to have been paid under 14.00 an hour and I had ot also

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If my base pay is 14.00 is it legal to have been paid under 14.00 an hour and I had ot also

I worked 142.42 hours in two weeks
and was paid 1784.67 which comes
out to about 12.53 an hour but in
My interview I was told I’d be pay
14.00 an hour as my base

Asked on February 20, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If you have an employment contract or union agreement, that will control how much compensation you are entitled to. If not, then the wage that was agreed to in your interview should control, at least as to any hours that you have already worked. By way of explanation, most employment is "at will" which means that absent actionable discrimination, a company can set the conditions of employment as it sees fit. This includes lowering hourly rates. That having been said, a worker's wages cannot be reduced retroactively (i.e. after the fact). This means that only wages going forward can be reduced; this is true regardless of any bonuses paid.

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