Can boss make me transport co-workers without pay?

My boss made me pick up co-workers and drive them home for a year and a half, but refused to pay me gas costs or travel time or overtime. When I finally refused to keep doing it without getting paid, I was no longer scheduled for work. Is that legal?

Posted  09-08-2014

Steve Duggan replies:

Sorry to hear about this situation. An employee is entitled to reimbursement for expenses on the job, and to pay (including overtime) for this kind of work. Also, it is a wrongful termination/retaliation in CA to fire an employee for questioning his pay, or lack of it. The Labor Commissioner can help you get back pay, expenses, interest and penalties. You should also consider consulting with an employment attorney in your area as to your other legal options. Good luck.

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About the Author:

Steve Duggan graduated from the Law School at the University of Notre Dame while on active duty in the Air Force. He has extensive experience representing management litigating cases of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment. Steve also has experience in all phases of administrative litigation of unfair labor practice charges, and class and individual complaints of employment discrimination. He has been an instructor of seminars for supervisors and managers on labor management relations and other personnel issues, and for lawyers in basic and advanced trial advocacy courses. Steve came on board with Fair Measures in 1998.