Schenectady, NY asked in Employment Law for New York

Q: Took a low pay entry level job. Turns out I am also the manager, solely responsible for all staff & operations. Legal?

I’m a program manager coming off maternity leave. Qualified for management but need a job ASAP for the holidays. This job was described as entry level with some leadership duties such as keeping everyone on pace. The VP stressed “this is not a manager or supervisor position” which is why the pay is low. Turns out i am responsible for everything, all operations, staff issues, meeting the department’s deadlines, payroll, everything. I report to the VP who runs 17 departments. This is a manager position AND a staff position, as i am needed to do a full share of the work with the rest of the staff or the department will not meet its deadlines.This is definitely two separate full time jobs, as opposed to a multifunction position. Is this legal? Do i have recourse other than quitting and burning a bridge with this company?

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James Francis Barna
James Francis Barna
  • Cazenovia, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: There is nothing particularly wrong from a legal standpoint. The position is not what was advertised, which happens often. Your choices include trying to get your employer to alter the duties of the job, trying to make a considerate exit from the position, or just quitting.

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