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employee treatment.

Posted Wed December 6, 2006 3:35 pm, by Kara V. written to Victoria's Secret

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I work for Victoria's Secret. I love my job, and the people I work with. However, I have a complaint. Limited has found a way to milk as much work as possible out of their employees, and that is their overtime policy. Specifically, that they don't have one. Where most retailers qualify overtime as anything above twelve hours a day, Limited qualifies it as anything over fifty hours a week, I believe.

This means that if I work from nine in the morning until six at night, then work a (compulsory) on call shift from six until two in the morning, I do not get overtime. And again, since I don't qualify for overtime, I am expected back to open at eight the next morning.

We work hard. Normally, we really don't mind. Victoria's Secret is a fun job, with great people and great managers. However, I have a back tooth that is rotting simply because I cannot beg, borrow or steal a day off. I began in Febuary and I did not get a day off until March. I wish this was an exaggeration, I have schedule sheets to prove it. On-call is as I said, compulsory, and shifts are stacked regular to on call, leading to those 18 hour days I mentioned before. There is no leeway if an employee has other plans, even if those plans involve a doctor's visit or dentist.

Victoria's Secret and I assume Limited as a whole, has a huge turnover rate.
Of the women I began work with, only three still remain. I don't even bother to memorize new employees names, as they inaviarably quit after a month anyway.
I am not expert on making the corporate dollar, but I assume keeping employees would save Limited money in the long run.

I would like Limited Brands as a whole to pay their employees overtime for working more than twelve hours a day. I would also like them to talk to their employees, realize that we do make the business run even if they do find us utterly disposable. We have families, social lives and yes, even dentist appointments that need to be kept. I wish to remain anonymous because I don't want my job or my managers jobs to be in jeopardy. I just wanted to be a voice yelling up into the sky, letting you know something is amiss down here in the dirt.


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by retail Posted Thu December 7, 2006 @ 7:46 PM

You recieved info during your onboarding I'm sure (since every
employee does) stating that overtime starts at 40 hrs. but that part
time associate's shouldn't ever consistantly work that. I'm sure you
also got a phone number to report abuses like that, and it sounds like
there's a problem with the mgt. of that store and that IT has a very
high turnover rate, because v.s. has a decent retention rate. By
submitting this letter, since corporate policy is already in place
against these violations, it's only going to come back on your store's


by tickytack Posted Fri December 8, 2006 @ 1:47 PM

Very good post.

I have to say, I don't think this is the forum for this type of
complaint, and I also think it is going to bite the OP in the butt,

by KellyS Posted Wed December 6, 2006 @ 8:55 PM

Many state mandated laws only require 40 hours a week to qualify for
overtime. Some states (such as California) have the 8 hours then
overtime. Check your policies guide to see if you are being taken
advantage of. You shouldn't be scheduled to work with less than 8
hours in between, it sounds like your manager is taking advantage of
you, not necessarily the company. I would also contact your district
manager if you feel that the manager has not resolved the issue.

by S. Brown Posted Wed December 6, 2006 @ 8:25 PM

If you are serious about this situation, then I would suggest your
search the Internet for your state's Labor Board site and look up the
local laws regarding overtime. If VS is not in compliance, then you
have three choices - - report them to the Labor Board (they will
investigate and pay back wages if VS is not paying in accordance with
the law), quit or keep working the hours required. You should also
find out the maximum number of hours per day an employee is required
to work.

Good luck with this and please come back and let us know what happens.


by Nobody Special Posted Wed December 6, 2006 @ 7:52 PM

What state do you live in? This sounds like it might be a violation of
employment law. Back in my day, anything over 8 hours/day, 40/week was
overtime pay.And over 12 was double time. You might want to check it
out. Or have things changed that much in our thriving economy?


Many places now have... by Tina N Wed December 6, 2006 @ 11:15 PM

Dang! by Nobody Special Thu December 7, 2006 @ 9:09 AM

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