[QUOTE=tugsailor;175500]Suck it up and put it behind you. Getting legal about it produces unsatisfactory results, even if you win. It’s not worth your time money and energy for the next several years.[/QUOTE]
And this is why every lawyer he has approached want him to pony up 2500 for them to look into it for him. Whatever his grievance is, they probably see it as relatively minor and not worth their trouble and not worth them taking on in any contingency basis. I know it sounds bad, but let’s say the situation is that his employers were getting an extra “hour” of work out of him daily and weren’t paying for it. In all reality, his “damages” probably don’t amount to a hill of beans in the legal arena. Sure a few thousand dollars might not be peanuts to the worker, but when you are a lawyer billing at 500 an hour… the cost to litigate will most likely overrun the value of your claim against the employer.
In practice, what this means is that as the employee, you need to decide whether working under those conditions is worth it or not. Either you are making a satisfactory living or go somewhere else if you think pay or conditions will be better. It sucks, but the company really holds most of the cards here and unless your issue is so glaring and illegal that ALL other employees are willing to fight it, mostly people will put up with a lot to be employed in a bad economy.
Of course, a company will probably suffer under these circumstances too. Generally, if the employees feel they are being shortchanged in some way, they will find ways to get what they are “due”. This may mean they are wholly unproductive for parts of the day, or they may walk off the job with “stuff” and feel justified because the company is cheating them.