I don’t understand people who deny workers their rights.  You can’t force anyone to work overtime without pay.  Actually, forced overtime needs to be banned completely, but that is another blog.  You can’t force anyone to work for a low wage or for free.  We have a major domestic slavery problem in this country and many people don’t realize it.  That person you see cleaning someone’s home or taking care of someone’s kids may be nothing more than a slave.  Your waitress may be working 12 hour days but stops getting paid after 8 hours.  Think about that the next time you go out to eat.

Also, if someone gets state help for childcare and you force them to work overtime, they may end up having to pick their child up from daycare late and have to pay late fees out of pocket.  Since they can’t afford daycare without help in the first place, how do you expect them to pay the fee? Therefore, it violates both their rights and their child’s rights when you keep them overtime.  They have the right to simply clock out when their shift is over.  Problem? I am sure a quick phone call to their case worker will solve it.


Author: Stacie M Stark

Activist with 25 years of experience in human and animal rights and welfare. Specializing in children's rights and issues, LGBT rights, and companion animal welfare and rights. Member and always will be of Amnesty International, Best Friends Animal Society, and PETA. Mom, queer, vegetarian. Hello Kitty and Disney Princess collector. Cat lover. Sagwa fan. I want to live at the public library.


  1. Um… do get paid for overtime. You get paid anytime you are on the clock. And you don’t have to work overtime if it isn’t mandatory. I turned down overtime many times at AHT, and I could because it wasn’t required.

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    1. You are supposed to, but it doesnt always happen that way. Also, even if it were mandatory many employers dont realize that the rules are different for those on state help. For example, the state pays for my child care so I cant work past 6PM and cant be forced to stay past my regular hours. Also , in Florida they could make you work overtime off the clock with no pay. It happened to me a lot.


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