Yes, $112/hr. What's the problem with this? It appears this HP manager demanded overtime with no pay. I would guess the director knew of this as well. These are the problems that CA law will be dealing with. Does anyone have any legal op.?
BTW, 112/hr is not that expensive for a good programmer. Recall several factors, HP, IBM, the Consultanting firms routinely charge clients between $175 to $1000/hr. From this viewpoint the contractor is getting ripped off ;-). However, they could have been in the systems, OS, networking, core groups - these guys generally make between $90-$300/hr. So HP looks to be paying on the low end of the scale. Further, you have to remember programming/ computer science is still an art.
Further from a legal strategy, I understand, HP corp. will be sued, and a seperate personal suit will be filled against the Manager as well as the director, if a link can be established. This has become an ever increasingly and profitable strategy for attorneys and their clients. Thus having each identify fighting for their own protection. It should prove to be an interesting case to read in the papers for the next 12 months.
A contactor working 60 hrs/week and only billing for 40 gets exactly what they bill for.
You can't expect later to ask for "damages"...every time you submit an invoice, you are asking to be paid for what you work. If you worked more hours, that's your problem, if you worked less and you are cut a check, that's the company's problem.
Obviously another basely suit filed with the help of a slimeball attorney hoping to cash a "lottery" check.