I have had the awful experience of working with an dysfunctional employer as well as being in a hostile environment. I have had so much rotten luck since I moved to Florida in 2005. My husband died in 2003. I really want to get of this state as fast as I can and RUN!
I lost my job in 2008 and got hired to work in social services as an assistant to the director in March 09. I don’t have a social services background. My background is in healthcare administration. To make a long story short I will tell you the facts.
I am 56..boss 23. I didn’t mind working for a younger person..I was happy to have a job. My boss hired me March 26. She had her baby April 9, 2009 and took 3 mos off of work. I had very little training and got help now and then from other social workers for a few hours a week. It was rough. Most people thought I would quit and I did not.
The boss came back mid June. I followed her instructions on what to do. I never received a Dept policy book to review and sign. I never received a performance review of any kind. However, she was trying to write me up for things she told me to do. I never went above her to complain. I was trying to resolve things on my own. I am never one to rat on anyone or whine and complain. I was just thankful to have a job. I had lost a job a year earlier after a 3 year gig at another facility due to this rotten enconomy.
She kept trying to do me in and rebutted her comments showing I was doing my job. I refused to sign her last notice of writing me up as it was lies..so she let me go.
I started collecting unemployment in January. I got a letter in today’s mail that they want to do an appeal over the phone on March 5th. I don’t understand this appeal as I did not have enough time to collect unemployment benefits against this employer. I only worked for them for 9 mos. I worked for the previous employer 3 years. I had collected unemployment from the previous employer before I was hired in March 09 in Social Services. This is all very confusing to me.
Even so, I need someone in my corner as I did not do anything wrong. This director made comments to me that she was “covering her ass” and that I was used while she was gone on maternity leave. she also made comments that “a bunch of bitches work here” which later she turned out to be one herself.
I have never EVER worked in such a dysfunctioinal job in my 20 years in in healthcare. This is the worst job I ever had..PERIOD.
The letter states that I did not follow policy and procedures but everything that was given to me was pretty much verbally. Why did they keep me for 9 mos..hmmm? Sounds too fishy to me.
Why did it take them 9 mos to figure out I wasn’t what they wanted. Now I face this hearing on March 5th. The problem is I am in a right to work state…and I don’t see how any attorney is going to be able to help me. I called one today. I am in no postion to pay back that money as I am already hanging on a thread.
My former employer called me for for phone interview at at a major university I worked at in another state. I am ready to go back. I don’t care about my house anymore. I don’t care about stuff! I have a girlfriend in that state who is welcoming me with open arms..and I feel weird about it as I never had to do this as I am a very self sufficient woman. I will do what I need to do, though.
How do you guys think I should handle this appeals hearing. The letter said they are bringing witnesses. There are no witnesses. It was just me and the director. I need someone to be in my corner and furthermore a phone interview is not sitting well with me. I need to a face to face meeting. Even though this is a right to work state I feel I am wronged! I have letters of recommendation about my previous character and how the great work I did in my former jobs.
This is very wrong and I am not sure what to do. I placed a call with an attorney. The lesson I learned was I should have went to HR when this stuff started. I am not use to this kind of behavior in the work place as I am a get along go along gal and never cause problems at work.
I need some advice!