disgruntled in Chandler, Arizona said: I just quit home depot as a manager. Don't apply there; it's a horrible place. You only get paid for 40 hours, and they work you 70. Don't do it.
Check state law and do some math: Even on salary (vs hourly wages), if an employee works enough hours each week to dip below that state's minimum wage, the employer must make up the difference. Example: If that state's minimum wage is $7.00/Hour and a manager works 70 hours, ($7.00/Hour x 70 hours = $490.00 Gross), but only gets paid $10.00/Hour x 40 hours = $400.00 Gross), by law the employer must pay the employee the difference ($490.00 - $400.00 = $90.00), otherwise, the math is as follows: $400.00/Week, divided by 70 Hours = $5.71/Hour Average Pay that Week. Even "exempt" employees have rights.
Next, there are other qualifying tests for managers that if they are not met, the employee must be paid hourly, not salary. You must check yourself, but managing two or more people 50% or more of your day is a means test, including whether the manager does a certain percentage of non-managerial work, which class action lawsuits have been successful in winning. If you do the same work as those under you, and do it often enough, you should be paid hourly wages.
It's that simple, but you should do your own research, document, act before the statute of limitations expires, and always get a lawyer, never defend yourself, and look into the possibility of a class action lawsuit. Stick it to them, because you won't get a second chance, and like me, I've been burned several times now and won't let them get away with it this last time. Thanks for the horror story, and good luck.