My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: New Jersey
I'll just start off by saying I don't like this job, but will have to stick it out until the end of the summer because I need the money. I don't make much at this job, $8.50 per hour, plus commission when I make sales (not often) so it's not enough to file a lawsuit/go to an attorney.
I work at a gym, there's a kids room in the gym and probably every day the kid's room is open we break the law in terms of ratio. From what I understand, since the parents remain on the premises throughout the child's stay, the legal ratio is 1 adult for every 7 children. But my coworkers and I are often left alone with 14-20 children, including infants. One time there was two coworkers left with 43 children at once, 7 of which were less than a year old. Luckily I only work in the kids room one day a week but it is still an issue.
Another major issue is I'm not paid properly. The gym opens at 5am, and I have to be there at 4:45 am to set up the computers, check the pool, etc. I don't start getting paid until 5am, even though my manager requires me to be there at 4:45. When I first started doing the opening shifts I would just adjust the hours in the computer so I did get paid for the 15 minutes. But my manager lectured me about it, said I'm not allowed & I'm not supposed to get paid for that time. I talked around to some of my coworkers because I was pretty flabbergasted. And all my coworkers confirmed what he said, my boss doesn't want to pay me even though I am working. It's something all my coworkers deal with.
I'm not sure what to do. As I said I need the job, otherwise I would've quit months ago. Should I start recording my time accurately? File a complaint with corporate?