California  |  Employment Law

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Asked on: 2/04/13, 12:20 pm

I work in a correctional facility with three time clocks. Our post for our shift determines where we are supposed to clock in. Once we are clocked in we all meet upstairs for a briefing. There is one time clock downstairs but only a certain number of officers are allowed to clock in there depending on their post. Other posts are to clock in upstairs which requires waiting for a number of doors to be manually accessed by a central control location for security reasons. Waiting on these doors can take anywhere from two to five minutes. Due to this wait time certain officers must come earlier for shift in order to make it upstairs on time. The end of the shift is the same, certain officers must clock out upstairs and then wait on a number of doors to be accessed in order to leave. The company states the reason for the shift to be spread over three time clocks is so overtime is not accrued. I have presented the idea of moving one or both time clocks from upstairs, down to the first floor to avoid officers having to come in early and leave late due to timeclock locations and also so officers do not come in contact with inmates while off the clock. My idea was not implemented. Is this legal, and also is this a form of discrimination?

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