Family Video Lawsuit ... Need some feed back

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OFF THE CLOCK WORKER

United States

#1 Oct 14, 2008
So of all you current and ex employees of Family Video how offten a week did you work off the clock. Did you clock out to leave and had to make a bank deposit before you got home. Or did you have to go to a store such as walmart to buy movies that were not a prestreet and was off the clock. Did you go into FM to rent a movie and found your self processing prestreets or put away movies that had already been check in. Or you know those times you went to a meeting or another store to help out did you get paid to drive. and reembearsed for the full milage of the trip and not have to deducted 20 miles. If so Family Video is at risk again violating laws regaridning someone working off the clock. I have done some research about this. and have found that even if you choose to do it FM still must pay you. If FM forced you to work off the clock it gets worst. Best of all if a law suite were filed and won the people who win the case could win 2x what was owed..........

If you have been involved in anything about this post it here I am trying to buil a good case and bring down FM

Since: Oct 08

United States

#3 Oct 20, 2008
I know there is a lot of you out there. Please post some experances on here and we could get a resloution to the issue.
x-Family Video Manager

Seattle, WA

#4 Dec 26, 2008
As a former Manager I can provide proof that this is the least of the Labor Laws that Family Video violates.
Former Manager

Mount Vernon, IL

#5 Jan 14, 2009
I was specifically told that we don't take breaks by a prominent Regional Manager. I once worked 19 hours straight without a break. My employees never received breaks
No need to know a name

Fulda, MN

#6 Jan 28, 2009
Has there been any lawsuits against Family Video for not giving any lunch breaks?
current employee

Haslett, MI

#7 Feb 15, 2009
19 hours??? We're only open 14. thats some shift, must have been driving included. I work there, and I kinda hate it. But mostly because every shift at my work becomes an on call shift. I'll be scheduled for 8 hours, they tell me not to come in until 2 hours later, then I'll leave an hour early.

I do not mind the no breaks. It gets annoying (Especially because the heads tell us "No eating between 4 and 8 pm!") but I'd rather not have an unpaid, mandatory half hour break. But a break room to eat would be nice, rather than spitting food on customers while attempting to scarf down a sandwich.

The taking deposits after you clock out is probably the worst. I worked at a different store for 2 years, and the bank was right on the way home so it was no big deal. Where i am now its 20 minutes out of the way and is a huge pain in the ass. No compensation though.
augie

Elizabeth, NJ

#8 Feb 23, 2009
My son's girlfriend just got fired by family video. when she hired on she was promised management full time employment and that never happened. She was sent to make deposits around midnight on weekends where it was dangerous. She was supposedly fired because they said she didn't pay for a rental she hat taken out. Thing is it was rented on another employee's sign in and there's no shortage so she swears she did pay. They fired her anyway. She has a baby and depended on that part time job. The work was sporadic and she questioned why she wasn't full time yet after about 8 months working. She had to literally beg for hours. Is there anyone she can contact? She also wasn't allowed breaks and wasn't compensated for her gas or time going to the banks.
anony

Chicago Heights, IL

#9 Mar 23, 2009
Are you sure she wasn't "let go" for having a baby? They definately don't look too good on women who work there while being pregnant or needing adjustments because of her "condition", it's fast-paced and well, pregnant and new mothers are not "fast paced" enough for regional managers more concerned with their numbers.
augie wrote:
My son's girlfriend just got fired by family video. when she hired on she was promised management full time employment and that never happened. She was sent to make deposits around midnight on weekends where it was dangerous. She was supposedly fired because they said she didn't pay for a rental she hat taken out. Thing is it was rented on another employee's sign in and there's no shortage so she swears she did pay. They fired her anyway. She has a baby and depended on that part time job. The work was sporadic and she questioned why she wasn't full time yet after about 8 months working. She had to literally beg for hours. Is there anyone she can contact? She also wasn't allowed breaks and wasn't compensated for her gas or time going to the banks.
Just fired from FV

United States

#10 Apr 27, 2009
Several things related to working off the clock bugged the hell out of me at this job. For one, they only pay in 15 minute increments and they round to the nearest increment. But they EXPECT you to clock in 5 minutes early (5 minutes you don't get paid) and if you run a few minutes over the increment you don't get paid for that either. But you get in BIG trouble if you clock-out too early into the increment.
And two, driving to the bank after closing or after finishing a shift and not getting paid! RIDICULOUS!
I was recently fired for "not having the initiative they were looking for" after 2 short months of employment, even though if you called any of my other references you'd hear nothing but praises. But that's neither here nor there. Anyway, on the day of my firing I came in on a scheduled shift, and before I could clock-in the District Manager, Randy, pulled me aside, gave me a shpeel and sent me home. Now I'm pretty sure I should have been clocked in even for the firing the process. That is just no fair.
Kay Montana

AOL

#11 May 1, 2009
x-Family Video Manager wrote:
As a former Manager I can provide proof that this is the least of the Labor Laws that Family Video violates.
Hi! My daughter works at Family Video, and is having problems even working the hours she is scheduled. She is a good worker, has never been late or missed a day, but frequently she is sent home after just one hour or so, or called and told not to come in at all because they "don't need" her. Huh? They say the computer is "telling them" EACH DAY how many to schedule, when they have a weekly schedule. I don't understand this?! Can anyone clarify?
Fed Up

Isle Saint George, OH

#12 May 3, 2009
I love the Job, but I know exactly what you're talking about with the on call shifts. I worked 3 hours yesterday and i don't live a block away anymore. We have to call every day we're scheduled to be told "call back in an hour", or "we don't need you today", and the schedule is never done when it is supposed to be...Not worth my time, or gas money. I think taking deposits to the bank after clocking out is BULL!!!! definitely have never had a break, unless you consider going to the bank or another store during your shift (punched in) a break.

I've ran movies and helped customers when I came in to rent, but it was always my choice, and I only did it to help me decide what to rent.

I refuse to process prestreets when i'm not on the clock, and I want to say something about taking deposits after punching out, but I'm not going to be the only one complaining.
Joe

Warren, MI

#13 Jun 6, 2009
yes, this is standard practice (unpaid bank runs) .. i was at store 102 in roseville and we were even assigned sections and required to come in and make lists of missing adboxes and run to another store to print them and back unpaid.. specifically under threat or writeup.
hoo_dat

United States

#14 Jun 6, 2009
I worked a similar situation. My boss would often call me in early, and hold me late, but only pay me the hours scheduled, sometimes costing me 3 -4 hours in overtime. I eventually called the labor relations board. When they were done, the company had to pay employees back pay for the period I reported ... to the tune of $280,000 ... but it made the point. If you work you get paid. If you're working and off the clock and have an accident, workman's comp will not pay you.
FV worker

Garland, TX

#15 Jun 11, 2009
Everyone who has ever worked in a family video knows that it completely violates 'off the clock' labor laws, but why has no one ever done anything about it?
Disgruntled Employee

Black River Falls, WI

#16 Jun 17, 2009
I am also one of the employees that is never compensated for bank runs or visits to other local stores for Family Video purchases. This normally would not bother me. However, due to the fact that this company is so anal about other things such as the clock in and clock out time, it does bother me. I know they generally expect you to clock in five minutes early. Personally, I get there about a minute early as the clock rounds to the fifteen minute mark (why give them an extra 5 minutes for free?). Anyways, I have never worked off of the clock because I refuse to, but I know others that have because they are pressed to get everything done in the given time, so I am sure there are many others in similar situations. I predict that Family Video will be involved in a very large lawsuit over labor law violations in the next ten years. My suggestion is this to those employees that are there and have been there for some time: when the auditors come they will probably ask what you don't like about the store, just tell them how it is. If enough people do this they will probably get the point and try to please everyone before it hits the justice system.
Miserable Employee

Trenton, MI

#17 Jun 22, 2009
I am current employee and at first I loved my job but they seem to be attacking my managers for the lamest, most ridiculous reasons. I was told I was transfering to get full time and still haven't gotten it after I have been asking for 7 months now and I do the job with out the benefits of a full-timer. I don't understand why they feel they are invisiable to the state laws.. They think that can just do whatever they want. I can't stand not have any kind of breaks when I am working 40 hours a week, can't even use the bathroom when I am alone in the store from 9-5. They say just to go when it slow but you all know if there was a robbery during a bathroom break they would blame the employee. They are unethical and only care about thier customers and have no respect for thier employees. Job wouldn't be so bad if they took 5 minutes to care.
OFF THE CLOCK WORKER wrote:
So of all you current and ex employees of Family Video how offten a week did you work off the clock. Did you clock out to leave and had to make a bank deposit before you got home. Or did you have to go to a store such as walmart to buy movies that were not a prestreet and was off the clock. Did you go into FM to rent a movie and found your self processing prestreets or put away movies that had already been check in. Or you know those times you went to a meeting or another store to help out did you get paid to drive. and reembearsed for the full milage of the trip and not have to deducted 20 miles. If so Family Video is at risk again violating laws regaridning someone working off the clock. I have done some research about this. and have found that even if you choose to do it FM still must pay you. If FM forced you to work off the clock it gets worst. Best of all if a law suite were filed and won the people who win the case could win 2x what was owed..........
If you have been involved in anything about this post it here I am trying to buil a good case and bring down FM
BOYCOTT FV

Redford, MI

#18 Jun 24, 2009
So, 8 hours at a time with no breaks and all alone all day! If you dare deviate from what the precious labor sheet tells you, it's a big problem. You spend so many stupid hours doing inventory every single day... come on. I'm sure the "Royal Family" of Family video started their precious little business by sound standards. It worked for them, but this world is so much faster and busier now. They constantly add another task for you to squeeze in while trying to give every customer a full tour of the store. Friday night is insane. They make it impossible to have enough employees because of their guidelines. And, how many managers do they have to have? My regional manager never did Squat! He'd just come in like a Shooter and tell you to sell more candy. Don't freakin' lend a hand for a minute or anything. Anyway, if you still work there, I am totally sad for you. It seems like a nice place at first, but it is one big SWEATSHOP with no breaks, lunches or common sense. Why do you think they can rent their movies so low? Because they treat the employees like Animals.
Ruby

Urbana, OH

#19 Jul 7, 2009
We are a small town battling to keep Family Video out of our residential neighborhood - I need some history of their tactics - moving in without adult video and then opening that section later. There are plenty of spaces available in our town and we would welcome them to take one of those, but, we do not want a store with adult videos in close proximity to homes and schools.
Any history would help. I know a few years ago they were involved in a few lawsuits over the same thing. We need help and we need it fast!!!!!!
Hummm

United States

#20 Jul 7, 2009
Sounds like you need to get Larbor Relation board involved...most places require a 10 minute break every 2 to 2 1/2 hrs

Since: Jul 09

Ozark, AL

#21 Jul 16, 2009
There are "Labor Laws". Employees do have "Work Rights".

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