High nepotism based salary for under performing employee VS underpaid high performing employee. How do I negotiate a raise for my subordinate?
I work for an 11 person family owned business as the operations manager. I've been here for 3 years. I was hired as the admin assistant and replaced my first predecessor within 6 months (office manager) when she was fired for under-performing and my second predecessor (quality & regulations director/shareholder, also under-performing) when he quit (family member of the business). I get paid 2/3 of my last predecessors salary (3/5 if you take into consideration benefits) despite doing the jobs of 2 people.
Nepotism plays a large role in salary here. Our highest performing, most reliable employees are drastically underpaid. I recently found out that one of our family member employees with the largest under-performance, bad attitude, and truancy issues is being paid 80-90% more than my subordinate who easily out-performs the other employee and adds value to the company every day. I've fought for raises during every one of her reviews and am always disappointed in the percentage I am able to secure for her. She is certainly not being paid her worth or even industry standard. Now that I've learned this other employees salary (this person makes more than I do and is almost never here or working) I am incensed.
Over this past holiday while the CEO and VP were overseas the employee in question was drunk and aggressive at work. So much so that I had to pull the employee aside away from other employees after she smashed an ornament on my desk with her bare hands within inches of me. I wrote it up and reported it to the CEO who I report to directly and nothing happened. It was never even addressed with me or acknowledged.
What do I do? There is no denying that this persons salary is solely based on nepotism. There is no denying that this persons continued employment is solely based nepotism. My subordinate is living just above the poverty line and I feel responsible. We don't have an 'HR' person I can address this with because the CEO insists on handling issues in-house (thus any reports of unprofessional-ism from family members go unresolved) and has even asked me not to 'write-up' reports of issues instead going to him verbally first and not to 'go-after' his children in the company when their behavior from any other person in any other company would be seen as a liability issue and justifiably be a fire-able offense.
Right now all I want to do is make sure my subordinate gets paid a fair wage, I'd even settle for industry standard. Is there any way I can force my CEO into action?