On My Day Interviewing For The Service Economy Startup From Hell

@Cody28 Wait, were you exempt or non-exempt? Your mention of 40 hours is throwing me a bit. Because if you were salaried and exempt, they didn't have to pay you overtime... but if you were classified as hourly and non-exempt, they definitely did and you might be able to get back wages. That aside, jesus, they sound so horrible. Some of that (the N-word, calling people sexist slurs) might actually have constituted a hostile work environment in the legal sense? I am SO glad you got out of there.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm 2

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I used to always see ads for Patek Philippe on the back of Time or Newsweek and wonder who buys those. And why, if they were so fancypants and exclusive, they were advertising in Newsweek every week. Also, can I link to this perfect (relevant) thing: http://the-toast.net/2014/07/03/rich-people-curses/

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 11:48 am 0

On My Day Interviewing For The Service Economy Startup From Hell

@Jon Smith "At least one on-demand start-up, Handy.com, has a contingency plan for a possible change in the law. The company's terms of service states that "if Handy.com is found to be liable for any tax or withholding tax in connection with your use of Users' services, then you will immediately reimburse and pay to Handy.com an equivalent amount, including any interest or penalties thereon." In other words, if Handy.com is forced to reclassify its contract workers as employees, its customers – not the company itself – will be on the hook for any extra costs." What a sleazy, cover-their-ass move. But I doubt it would ever be enforcable - how are they gonna get that extra cash from years worth of individual customers? If the does end up forcing them to reclassify their workers, I doubt they'd get off the hook that easily. But I don't see the reclassification happening.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 8:34 am 1

On My Day Interviewing For The Service Economy Startup From Hell

Besides everything that's been said, I really wonder what happens to the handyman who gets sent out to retile a bathroom in six hours and obviously can't meet the expectation? It doesn't sound like the company would have his back. Also, don't force out a smile at racist shit like that, no dumb coworker's approval is worth making that compromise :(

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 6:10 am 0

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@MollyAuden So what happened next??

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 5:02 am 1

On On Engagement Ultimatums

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm 0

On On Engagement Ultimatums

@garli Right? Monica proposed to Chandler like 15 years ago. We as a society should be past this hangup already! More seriously I agree with everything you've said.

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm 0

On On Engagement Ultimatums

I'm like 95 % sure I don't want to get married but 100 % sure an ultimatum would put me off the idea altogether. Side note, I'll admit I've never read that 300 sandwiches blog because something about the very premise just seems really blech to me. Can anyone confirm if it's as obnoxious as I think it is, or is it actually cool?

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm 0

On On Seattle and Small Apartments

I live in a similar sized apartment in a really expensive city (this studio costs me € 100 more than my previous place, a 3 bedroom in the middle of nowhere). Mine came furnished, which is convenient but also not, because I'd like to have replaced the foldout bed with a loft bed to gain space. It does have a kitchen sink and oven though, and even a washer/dryer, so that's great.

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:23 am 0

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@Ester Bloom Apple slices with Cookie Butter

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:03 am 0