What are my legal rights if I was left alone in a busy gas station/convenience store for 15 hours but no way to leave?

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What are my legal rights if I was left alone in a busy gas station/convenience store for 15 hours but no way to leave?

I started my shift at 2 p.m. and was immediately left by myself it is a fairly large and busy place It was known to my manager and co-workers that no one would help me cover my shift. When it was my

scheduled time to leave, I called my manager and informed him the night shift person had not showed up yet. He kept saying he was on his way he was not and I was forced to stay until 4 a.m.

Asked on August 22, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You only right is to be paid appropriately: i.e. for all hours worked--straight pay for the first 8 hours; time-and-a-half for all time from 8 hours to 12 hours; and double time for all time from 12 hours on. In this case, since you were there 14 hours, that's 8 hours of straight or base pay, 4 hours time-and-half, and 2 hours double time. If not paid appropriate, you can contact your state department of labor to file a wage and hour complaint.


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