I am a pet groomer paid by commission only. My employer want me to start arriving at the clinic 30 minutes before we open. I have nothing to do during that time, and so I sit there for free. I don't mind cleaning up after myself, even though I don't get paid for it, but sitting around with nothing to do seems kinda silly.
I am also required to assist the hourly employees as requested, which means not only am I working for free, but I can't groom dogs (earn money) while I'm helping them. They are also requiring me to do paperwork and record keeping that only kinda relate to my job, all for free.
They have told me that if I want an assistant, I will have to hire and pay them myself - as in under the table and no workers compensation.
Is any of this worth arguing about, or should I just find another job?
Edit: I am in the state of Georgia, which is an at-will state. I am a W-4 employee, with a small benifits package. I earn commission only on the pets that I groom, not hourly wage or salary.
I would love to be able to stay with the clientele base that I have worked for, but I have signed a non-compete contract, so if I leave, I'll never be able to see these pets again.