“My boss refuses to give me a pay stub. Every pay period, I just receive a check. The problem is that our math doesn’t match up. My checks are always less than I expect, even when I try to account for taxes. Without the stub, I have no idea how she’s getting these numbers. What can I do?”
In our industry, keeping track of your income so you can calculate your commission can be difficult, and if you’re on an hourly vs/plus commission compensation plan, it can get incredibly complicated. How do you know that your paychecks are accurate if you aren’t getting pay stubs from your employer? Are you supposed to take it on faith that no mistakes were made?
Employers are required to keep records of your hours, sales, and pay rate information. If you request it, they have no excuse to keep it from you. I would be extremely suspicious of an owner that refuses to show you your detailed pay information upon request.
Unfortunately, employers in eight states still aren’t legally compelled to provide wage statements. Check this listing to determine whether your state happens to be one of them. If so, you can seek the services of an employment law attorney in your area or contact your state labor department to initiate a wage theft investigation.
In my experience, salon owners who have nothing to hide have no problem showing pay stubs and helping employees understand how their wages are calculated. I’d consider this a huge red flag if I were you.
To prevent this problem in the future, I recommend reading this post about how to prevent becoming a victim of wage theft. Then, read this post, which explains what you should do if you believe your wages have been stolen.