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I got fired!

November 18th, 2011 at 07:40 pm

At the bakery I am only working monday and friday, but my new job needed me to work on friday, so I called the boss's wife yesterday to tell her that I could not work on Fridays after next friday. She said alright.
Then today My boss tells me that because I am only working mondays now, that does not suit them, so they have to 'let me go'. He then asked ME when I wanted to finish up! I said that the reason I got another job was because we could not live on the hours they gave me, and now that I had gotten a new job we would just be getting ahead. I said that I'd only worked there for five years and so I guess tha must not count for much! And then said that whatever legal minimum amount of notice they had to give me, then that would be my last day and to let me know.
I got a call from His wife not long after and she tried to tell me it was my fault, that she had offered me lots of extra shifts (actually was only a few lots of two extra hours, tacked onto the shifts I already did, while a lady went away) and that I had 'thrown them back at her'. And that I had told her to 'not bother about any afternoon shifts ever'. What I'd actually said was that I was able to do them where they fitted into my uni schedule but that I needed notice as I plan my assessments based on times Im able to do them.
And also she said that with permanents, the amount of notice a person gives when resigning is the same amount of notice they recieved when being fired. I said that first of all, I'm not permanent and secondly I never resigned, so I don't know what that's got to do with me. And she tried to tell me that I did not give appropriate amount of notice for not being able to work Fridays. (after I got off the phone I looked at the calender and realised that YES I did, I gave her 14 days and she was trying to tell me I didn't... I sent her a text message about it but she has not replied. probably banging her head against the wall saying 'dammit!'). She told me that the last time we 'had words' it would have been grounds for instant dismissal because of the way that I spoke to her. I don't really think that is true. I told her I didn't appreciate the way she spoke to me and that she gives off the feeling that she does not care about anyone's personal situations and how their actions affect their staff - since when is that grounds for dismissal? Well, I guess it must be.
Anyway, she told me she did not know how much notice she had to give me. Why would you fire someone and not find this stuff out? So, I'm waiting to hear back about it. I wanted to continue working there until early next year. Well, we'll see how that goes!
 
Nice to know what 5 years hard work looks like at the end of it!
I guess you can only look at it in a positive way if you want to get on with life; I am relieved they made that decision for me, so I don't have to feel bad about leaving in a couple months. I just really dislike the way they have treated me.

I sent an email telling my dad what happened (he lives two states away) and he is FUMING. He told me to make sure I call one of the fair treatment government bodies and make sure I get treated right at the end.
I'm casually employed - but I have been there for five years. I always thought casuals could just get sacked for no reason, at any time, but when my boss was trying to sack another woman (and give the hours to ME! Oh how things change...) apparently you have to give three written warnings...
We will see.
I know I am being stubborn - I don't WANT to work there, and I PLANNED to leave soon - but I feel as though the way they've treated me (& other staff) has been disgusting so I should at least make them work for it if they want me gone that bad. In the end it doesn't bother me so much - I would have left after Christmas anyway, it was only going to be an extra $200 or so of earnings. They did not find out any information before sacking me so I guess it was an impulse decision and they thought I would go without a fuss.
One of the things that sits in the back of my mind gnawing away is that I always envisioned when I left this place, I'd come back and see my boss and catch up occasionally. We have been friends for about 6-7 years - 4 of which I worked for him. The last year and a bit their true colours have shown and they're both obsessed with money - it has been disappointing. Now if I ever saw them in the street I'd not even wave, I'd keep on walking.

8 Responses to “I got fired!”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    Wow!
    But you know I think this might be better for you in the end. Now you don't have to feel bad or guilty when you were going to quit. Plus it opens you up for more study time, preggo time and more availablity at the new place or even a second PT job.
    Just put a smile on and get the heck out of there ASAP!
    Good luck.
    Smile

  2. gamecock43 Says:

    I'm sorry to hear all of this! But glad you have other irons in the fire and you have options.

    I agree that when you leave a job, even after many years, it does not seem worth all the heart and soul you put into that job. Rarely do you get the big raises or promotions you worked so hard for so long to earn.

  3. HTBAH Says:

    Sorry to hear about your firing. It is quite hard to even come by casual part-time jobs in this economy. That 5 years of experience should count for something when you apply at another bakery to work part time, just as long as they don't call references Smile

  4. baselle Says:

    I'm sorry you have to go through this, but go get 'em tiger ... keep fighting for your good name, and keep your chin up while you are looking for additional work. Any of us supervisors know that you were a good employee and deserving of a good employer!

  5. Ralph Says:

    It sounds like you will be a lot better off without them. Family businesses scare me!

  6. littlegopher Says:

    I'm sorry you're going through this. May it allow room for all the better things coming your way!

  7. Nika Says:

    I'm sorry that happened to you. I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually call you and ask you to step in when they are in a bind. These people sound like they don't think things through long term, and employees are not seen as people, more like commodities for their convenience.

    Hopefully your new job will treat you better, and one day, when you open your own bakery, treat customers and employees well, you can be more successful than them.

  8. Jerry Says:

    Wow. What a crap sandwich that place is... you don't deserve to be treated like this, and they are utterly delusional. I hope that the new work leads to a much better work environment and that you have some insurance of being appreciated and able to enjoy the people you work for and with. Good luck!
    Jerry

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