A worker recently took to Reddit to reveal his workplace’s disapproval of arriving and leaving on time, sparking a heated debate in the process.
The now-viral Reddit post shared in the “Antiwork” sub-reddit has received 34,800 upvotes and 2,200 comments since it was shared on May 10.
Regarding overtime in the United States, the US Department of Labor has reported that employees deemed exempt cannot receive overtime pay. Employees would be considered exempt in this case as salaried workers if they earn more than $684 per week, or $35,568 per year, and hold certain types of jobs. But those who earn less than this amount can be paid for overtime worked.
Laws are in place for non-exempt employees to receive overtime pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week at the rate of at least one and a half times their normal rate.
Redditor @thedevilwithout titled the post, “My workplace is going crazy with me because I show up on time everyday.” Arsey is British slang meaning “mischievously mean, bad-tempered or unreasonable”, according to Merriam-Webster.
The original poster (OP) revealed that they had recently started working at a new company and had been there for about six weeks.
“So far so good, however, they’re getting a little weird about my punctuality,” the Redditor said.
The OP revealed that they are supposed to start work at 9 am so they start working at that time. Their lunch is from 1 to 2 p.m., so they are “back in the office at 1:59 p.m.”. The Redditor also revealed that his day ends at 5:30 p.m., so his computer is off at 5:30 p.m.
But the company does not approve of the behavior. “Apparently they don’t like it, my other co-workers are there at 8am and leave at 6pm blah blah,” the Redditor revealed. “I hate this culture where you make yourself feel like a bad employee because you’d rather only work the hours you get paid for.”
More than 1,500 comments poured in on the viral post, and a debate ensued about the situation the employee was facing. A Redditor added that according to their college professors, if a worker is salaried, “overtime is expected,” adding, “If you’re hourly, make sure you get paid for overtime. I don’t know not how much [of] this is an advice.”
Some people have weighed in on their own experiences, and one such Redditor admitted to having a salaried job, but they “stop working after 37.5 hours a week. They don’t pay overtime, so they don’t do no overtime.Employers need to understand that work is a transaction, both parties are bound by a contract.Want more?Pay more.
While another Redditor said their workplace tells them to be “settled and ready to work” when they clock in. However, they insist on clocking in when they enter.
“You won’t get free work from me,” they added. “All workers need to realize that we outnumber these companies. They can’t function without us. It’s my small protest, but the more we enforce this, the more rights workers will gain.”
Some seemed shocked by the attitude of the workplace towards the worker. “This shit is getting ridiculous,” said one Reddit user. “If I get paid for eight hours, I work eight hours.”
A lot of people were in the mindset of not working off the clock anymore. A Reddit user revealed that he was done working when his eight hours were up.
“I’ll work my a** while I’m there, but I’ll be gone when they’re done,” they added. “I have hobbies and passions outside of work, and I’m sure not to give them up for free.”
Some have criticized the company for its reaction to the OP working when expected. “Normalizing getting paid [for] the hours you work,” one Redditor recommended. “If they want you there sooner, they better pay you well for it. Otherwise, they can take a long walk from a short pier.”
Others didn’t mince their harsh words of criticism. “If they don’t get paid for the extra two hours a day, you need to tell them they’re jerks,” wrote one Redditor.
Newsweek contacted Redditor @thedevilwithout for comment.
This isn’t the only viral moment involving a workplace. A sign advertising discounts for images of employees using phones has sparked anger online. A boss’ “heartless” response to the death of a worker’s mother has been criticized. Additionally, a boss who wouldn’t allow a new employee to take their non-refundable vacation has come under fire online.