Worker praised for ‘beautiful’ response to manager’s ‘no overtime’ policy

Online commentators applauded an employee who said he once laid off work in the middle of a task because his company had established a “no overtime” policy.

posting in redditUnder the username u/scifielder on a “malicious compliance” forum, the activist wrote: “Sorry, my shift has ended.” The post has garnered over 18,000 upvotes and hundreds of comments from furious Redditors saying that eliminating overtime is “never” a good idea. you can read full post here,

‘I’m setting an example’

In his post, u/scifielder said the incident happened “several years ago” when he worked for a “cafeteria/catering company”.

“Between meal times, we would work on catering projects. This would often drive us through the end of our shift, resulting in overtime,” he said.

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Online commentators applauded an employee who said he once got out of work in the middle of a project because his company had established a “no overtime” policy. The Reddit poster said he was asked to “set an example.”
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At one point, however, a manager decided to “eliminate overtime,” so he called a meeting and told workers he expected “the clock at the end of the shift, no exceptions.”

After announcing the policy, the manager alienated u/scifielder, who was a supervisor at the time, and asked him to “set an example”.

“a couple [of] A few days later, I was working on a display of cheese. When my shift was over, I put everything down, went over to the clock and swiped my card,” u/cyfielder said.

When told by his manager that his performance was not finished, the u/scifielder replied: “No, but my innings is there. I’m setting an example.”

Unsatisfied with this response, the u/scifielder’s manager asked him to stay behind and end the show, but he declined.

“The next day it was announced that all ongoing projects would be allowed to terminate regardless of timing, as long as it was not misused,” he concluded. “All hourly employees are also laid off, and [the manager] Many projects had to be completed on their own. Since he was on pay, there was no overtime for him.”

providing overtime pay

according to nolosAn online legal encyclopedia, most employers are required to provide “at least some of their employees” overtime pay.

“To find out whether your employer has to pay overtime, first determine whether it is covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) … Generally, a business is covered by the FLSA. If it has $500,000 or more in annual sales,” Nolo said.

“Even if your employer is smaller, however, it is still covered by the FLSA (and must be paid overtime) if the work it is engaged in Congress It’s called ‘interstate commerce’—that is, it trades between states,” Nolo’s continued.

In addition, small businesses that are not covered by the FLSA may still be required to pay overtime by some state laws.

All this being said, some employees are exempt from overtime laws, which means they are not “entitled” to overtime pay. According to Nolo, exempt employees include independent contractors, criminal investigators and “white-collar workers.”

Redditors React

Several Redditors applauded u/scifielder’s “malicious compliance”.

“It’s awesome. Nice taste of your own medicine,” u/HouseConsistent5160 said.

“That was a beautiful burn,” wrote u/chrismodin.

“You met his demand and taught him a lesson! Great job!” u/flobaby1 said.

Others, meanwhile, rave about employers who eliminate overtime.

“It amazes me how many employers fail to understand overtime. Overtime is a signal to management that inefficiencies exist and/or more workers are needed. Arbitrarily refusing or eliminating overtime is never the answer. No,” argued u/bigriverholm.

Redditor u/edgeman83 said: “When a company eliminates overtime complaining about no work, it means they want people to work round the clock, but won’t come out and say it.”

newsweek Reached out to u/scifielder for comment.

other viral posts

A nurse said in a post now going viral that her employer thanked her husband for “sharing him” After working mandatory overtime.

Commentators on Monday slammed a boss who fired an employee for being 20 minutes delay in work,

Also on Monday, Redditors praised an employee who “gaslits” his boss In giving your team more paid time off.

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