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  2. Long time HR person here. It is a sad fact that that quite often the most senior employee is the one who gets paid the least. It's called "market compression" and is caused by the fact that average starting salaries go up faster that internal increases do. I not only have seen this, I am currently suffering from it (and I'm in a union). It's not fair, I freely admit. But it is legal. It is not personal and it is not an insult. It is a fact of business operations. If you feel that you must address this with your manager (HR is not the entity who can approve a raise for you - there is really no point going to them) you absolutely should not address it as an issue of other people being paid more than you. Never mind if you don't understand why not - I guarantee you that will be looked at very poorly and I have seen people fired for it. Rather, you want to leave everyone else out of it and address it as what you bring to the table; what is your value to the organization. Did you train new people? Create new processes? Add to the bottom line in some way? THAT'S what you use - not salaries posted on a board and DEFINITELY not what other people in your organization are earning. I promise you that "I've been hear five years longer than Jeff but Jeff's making more than me" is not going to get you a raise and very well might be painting a target on your own back.
  3. Hi pg1067, Thank you for asking for clarifications. Here the answers: -The 10 yrs. warranty expired ~ 3 yrs. ago. -I bought the house from the builder and the warranty comes from him (his company). - I did contact the company (builder) and they said because the warranty is over, it's not their problem anymore. I'm trying to find out if they are right or not.
  4. The first paragraph of your post tells me that the problem arose about nine years after you bought the house, but I can't tell how much time passed between the events described in the first paragraph and "this year." In other words, has the ten year warranty period run out or is it still in place? Also, did you purchase the home directly from the builder? Did the warranty come from the builder or was it issued by a third party company? After this contractor (who I assume is not the builder) identified the issue, did you contact the builder or the warranty company to discuss it? If not, why not? If so, what was the result?
  5. Hey bro,I'm not going assault you again with what I think,you've suffered enough from making that mistake Clearly,you must have felt a lot of fear,and wasn't thinking straight.
  6. i opened................... i know, i know. ps there were cars stopped in all lanes in front of me. He tried the exact same thing at the light previous but I was able to catch a green.
  7. I want to make sure I have this right.You were at a red light with oncoming traffic,and you were trapped,but you got out of your car or he open your car door,and done all this?
  8. in hindsight, I would have blasted him in the face with my Kimber pepper blaster II "gun". There was nowhere to go. I was totally boxed in. He would have broken my window with his fists.
  9. We live in the real unscripted world,and none of us know what's going to happen when we walk out our doors each day,or even in our homes for that matter.Having been caught in the situation,there is no way in hell,i would have gotten out of my car,had my windows open,and if there was no oncoming traffic at that light,I would have ran it."Better to be judged by twelve than carried by six."
  10. So...there's two different groups of people involved? The squatters in the mobile home and the family "on the corner piece"? How long ago did you inherit this property? Sounds like it's been quite a long time. How long have the "squatters" been there? Do you have a written lease with the family and/or is this family paying rent? What sort of taxes? When was this agreement made? Is the agreement in writing and signed by one or more members of this family? If they've been failing to pay these taxes for over a decade, why haven't you done anything about it by now? Depends on how you answer the questions I asked, but I agree that the "most efficient method" probably will be to hire a local attorney.
  11. pg1067, I am indeed talking about annual salary. These people, on a daily basis perform the same job as me , taking calls and solving problems.
  12. Insult by whom? Your employer never conveyed any of this information to you. Indeed, the only person who conveyed any information directly to you was your co-worker. Is that the person you believe insulted you? By the way, what is the time period over which this one person is making $1k-5k more than you? Are we talking annual salary? Monthly? Something else? No one here can comment intelligently about either parts of this question (except to say that your post raises no apparent legal issues). Aside from the missing information mentioned above, we don't know anything about the job you're doing or your qualifications in comparison to this one other employee. All we know is that you've been with the company longer, but that, by itself, is meaningless. There was a time when I was the newest person in my department who did the job I do, but I was probably being paid more than anyone else. Why? Because I had (and still have) significantly more experience in the field despite being a newbie at my company. "Confront" would probably be a very bad idea. As far as whether you should talk with someone in HR or your manager, we have no way of knowing. Maybe invite your manager to lunch and see if you can delicately bring up the topic. About what? There's nothing illegal about anything you described. You are certainly correct that there is nothing illegal about you posting here. However, what "adjusterjack" was suggesting (in response to your comment about whether you should "confront [your] manager[] or go over his head to HR") was that an employee discussing his/her salary relative to other employees' salaries could cause an employer to fire the employee. There would be nothing illegal about that either.
  13. Why would this be a kiss of death? I agree with Doucar that there is nothing illegal about a company paying people what they want/need to, but there is also nothing illegal about me questioning the stated salaries on a public forum and a dumb employee blurting-out his agreement with the stated range. I did not induce him into this statement.
  14. I bought a new house. The house had a 10 yrs. guarantee. One yr. before the guarantee was over, I asked the company (the builder) to investigate a problem in the southeast corner of the front room. The drywall was distorted and damp and base board was swollen. A man came and patched the corner. But, because he was unable to determine the root cause, the problem remained unfixed. Until this year, we have had very dry weather so the source of the problem did not surface. This year, it was a very wet winter. It resulted in more water entering the house and mold forming on the baseboard. After removing the dry wall and mold, the source of the problem was found. The contractor said that the front window/flashing was not installed correctly resulting in a leak at the bottom of the window and water spreading from there to the corner that was patched. And, it obviously has been a problem in the past as very rusted screws and other damage is showing. Is the builder obligate to fix the window as he was notified before guarantee was over when the problem appeared first? Do I have a case? Thank a lot for any response, tips, suggestions etc.
  15. OK, here are your choices. 1 - Sue for your money back. 2 - Since you are both stationed at Camp Pendleton, get the base commander involved. COs can often exert pressure on somebody to do the right thing. 3 - Do nothing and have no car and no money.
  16. You hire a lawyer who gives them proper legal notice that their occupancy is terminated and then you have him evict them through the courts. With squatters it could take many months. The alternative is to offer them money to leave but you don't pay them until everything they own is off the property and they are ready to get in their car and drive off. Have the lawyer draft a written agreement as well. No offense, but having let this slide all those years tells me that you are no up to handling this without a lawyer.
  17. Either of those would be the kiss of death. Quietly discussing this with a lawyer will answer that question one way or the other.
  18. Nothing illegal about paying one employee less than another, outside of civil service. I have the reverse situation, I have lived in my apartment for 6 years. I pay substantially less than the person who rents it today. Job markets change and it may cost more to get an employee for the position today, than your pay. If you are dissatisfied, you can look for a better paying job elsewhere. Since I do not know your company or boss or company culture about salaries, I won't make any suggestions about talking to them about it.
  19. my bad. you are correct, sir!
  20. yes, thank you I do; seriously, as I just posted a bit ago, sorry for offending everyone with my attitude. I had no right to hope for just positive responses.
  21. You are absolutely correct; my bad....I apologize to the you and the board.
  22. I work in a tech-support role for a fairly large corporation. I have been in the SAME position for 12 years and have seen everyone on my team leave due to layoffs (that I survived), leave their positions for something elsewhere, or get promoted and move-on to other roles. Recently, the newest co-worker on my team and I were discussing company matters and the effects of us being bought & sold a number of times in recent years. We ended-up talking about reviews by former employees on the site "". Soon, this person pulled-up reported salary information on the various job roles at our company. He found our job title and we saw an amount listed for this position that is in the range of $1k-5k MORE than I am making. I joked that this site is showing values that is as inflated as Zillow's "Zestimate" price. He stated that is seems accurate to him and my heart sank. I asked if he is earning a salary in this range and he confirmed that he is. I know that I can wind-up on thin-ice over bringing this up to my manager or the HR manager but I cannot ignore this as I see this as a deep, deep insult. In my employee reviews, I never have any customer complaints against me and have an excellent track record of happy customers and meeting/exceeding yearly goals. I always rank among the team as a high producer, so I don't understand why my salary would not be adjusted to compete with or exceed these relative newbies, let alone not be offered fair promotion opportunities. Am I being selfish here or do I not have a legitimate beef? Should I confront my manager, or go over his head to HR? Or, should I consult a lawyer or do I even have a leg to stand on?
  23. I inherited property that is occupied by squatters in an old mobile home that has been boarded up for 3 years and a family that has lived on the corner piece but has paid no taxes to me (as was agreed by my deceased mother) since 2003. I am ready to sell the property. I have also had to clean the property a number of times to avoid property fines. What my most efficient method to dislodge these people? I am ready to sell after paying the taxes on this property since 2007.
  24. I gave the car back and never signed any paperwork so I do not own the car.
  25. As an officer of the law,the only way I would have given her access to enter the residence,is with the agreement that I accompany her,and observe everything she does,and what she is taken out of the house,but absent exigent circumstances,I would have just flat out denied her access.That's just good police policy.
  26. ElleMD---- I don't think anyone here,certainly not me was debating whether the charges filed against him or the arrest was lawful,given the fact they had a Search Warrant/Consent Form,which he willingly signed,and I seriously doubt that his "framed Defense" would as you say "fly" But as far as her being legally entitled to enter the OP residence,clearly states," The house was purchased before we were married and in my name only. In any case,when the police came out,they knew nothing,including whether there was a "legally binding court order," forbidding her access to the residence.In addition,they had no idea who the OP was,whether he owned the house,there,no idea who she was,except by ID,but no clue whether she lived there or ever had lived there 10 months before. Why is it,that the police knew none of these things?It's because the OP was not home at the time,even to show there was a "legally binding court order," to forbid her access to the residence.My whole point in the earlier posts,and once again,is that the police abused their discretion by letting her in knowing virtually nothing,except what she told them. Furthermore,there were no exigent circumstances,or at least none the OP brought out to where they just had to let her in without the OP being present.They not only did not do an "exhaustive search to determine the particular,"they done nothing more than grant her access to the residence,solely based on her word. Each individual officer has his/her own discretion,and if other officers had came out,and properly refused her entrance,we could very well argue,that they were right/wrong.But in any case,we can agree to disagree,
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