Outrage Over Gary’s Unpaid Labor Notice: Workers Demand Fair Treatment

Skylar Hawthorne

Updated Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

A recent image circulating on Imgur has sparked a heated debate about workers' rights and unpaid labor. The image features a printed notice taped to a wall, declaring that all staff must leave their cell phones on and be available even when not on shift. The controversial notice, signed off with "Go team," mandates that employees consider themselves "on call" and comply with covering shifts without complaints. This directive, allegedly from a person named Gary, has drawn widespread backlash.

The most prominent reaction came from user redarmyscreaming, who succinctly labeled the situation as "Sharecropping." This term, historically associated with exploitative labor practices, underscores the perceived severity of the notice.

Another user, transcyberism, provided valuable legal insights, highlighting federal rules for on-call pay. According to federal law, nonexempt employees must be compensated at or above the minimum wage and receive overtime pay for hours worked beyond 40 in any given workweek. The user suggested that employees subjected to such demands could be owed substantial unpaid wages, potentially leading to a significant lawsuit if a paper trail exists.

Comments from others ranged from personal anecdotes about similar experiences to calls for legal action and unionization. One user mentioned that in Canada, a "right to disconnect" bill had been passed, making such practices illegal. Another user shared that their employer entitles them to 50% of their hourly salary per hour while on call, showcasing a stark contrast to Gary's notice.

There were also practical suggestions, like insisting on written documentation for any such demands, which could be used in a lawsuit. Another user urged employees to seek a Fair Labor Standards Act attorney if faced with similar situations.

Overall, the image has shone a light on the ongoing struggles between workers and employers over fair compensation and labor rights. It serves as a reminder to employees to be aware of their rights and to seek legal recourse if necessary.

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Side note: Globalization has allowed business to exploit workers. Supporting workers/unions in low wage countries like Thailand or Mexico puts the squeeze on businesses and makes things better for people in your own country as well.


Gary can go f*** himself with a pineapple


This is illegal in Canada, they just passed a bill for it last year called "right to disconnect".


Here, when you are "on call" you are entitled to 50% of your hourly salary per hour "on call".


I'd say: Sue them AND start looking for employment elsewhere. If they are willing to run down their staff like that, they don't deserve staff at all. Not even if they roll back the policy change, they've shown their true colors, and nothing can forgive s*** like this.


My job has an oncall list. I used to be on it but there was zero benefit to me for being on it. You are on call from one week at a time. You get 4 hours of pay for doing so, unless you have to go out on call, then your first 4 hours in the field are free. So the best case for on call is to get no calls and get 4 "free" hours (like having to be ready to go at a moments notice for 7 days straight isn't work...) so when they asked me again I said no unless the compensation matches the work.


the "go team" is malicious performatism


Just my status of being 'on-call' earns me $35 per shift, whether I get called out or not. That equates to an extra $525 for the week, plus overtime for when I'm out.


they also better be paying your phone bill since you're available for them both at and away from work.


If this has happened at your workplace I suggest finding a Fair Labor Standards Act attorney immediately. My best friend practices that law and the class action suits are huge.

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