Can my boss delay a promised raise?

by Evil HR Lady on June 15, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I’m a 24-year-old female, and I work in clothing retail, (I’ve worked in retail since I was 16). I’ve been at [a large chain store] for 4 years. My question is this: Every 6 months the company “grants'” us an evaluation of our work/ethic(s) for a raise in hourly wage. However, the evaluation date(s) should be the date I started (July 1st) and 6 months from that.

These two dates should be my current dates for evaluation yearly, but they are not and have not been since my second year working. When I questioned my store manager… about why my evaluations no longer seemed to match my evaluation dates, I was informed that it takes up to three months for the HR department to implement my raise.

And when my new rate becomes effective, the evaluation date starts over from the date HR puts my raise through. So for example, let’s say I get a raise in July, it won’t be processed till late September or early-ish October, and my evaluation date will be moved to match the date my new scale begins. I don’t think this is right. Shouldn’t I get back pay? Is this legal?

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