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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Loose Ends

Even after all that went on at my last job I really don't hold a grudge or any truly nasty feelings. More than anything I would love to just move on and never think about that place again. I have never wished Dr. J ill-will, more than anything I just want to move on with my life. Of course since that's what I want do you think that's what's happening? Of course not. I found out on Tuesday that Dr. J has decided to contest my unemployment benefits. She fired me and didn't give me a severance and now she wants to turn around and try to make it so that I have no income while looking for another job. She doesn't have a clue about the part-time job but I'm sure that will come out soon enough and that will probably make her want to fight things all that much more.

I know I have spoken briefly about how extremely frustrating my job could be but I'll sum up the major issue now. When I was hired we were fully staffed with 3 front office people, 2 part-time front office people, me, and 1 part-time person to help me. Over the course of a year we let my part-time person go, one of the part-time front desk people, and then had a revolving door for the full-time positions. Any times the front office wasn't fully staffed I had to cover the phones and the desk and anything else that needed to be done. Of course the time spent on the front desk took away the time I could spend on my work, which in turn caused my work to suffer. I repeatedly (and I do mean REPEATEDLY) asked the owner to hire people and she put it off time, and time, and time again. All the while acting as though there shouldn't be a reason for me to be behind. Not only that but I worked extremely hard to keep that office running, even when I had Livi. I worked from home and in the office getting mail and processing payments and payroll only 4 days after Livi was born. Yes, you read that right. I basically took almost no maternity leave.

All that being said, during the year I was employed with them there was never one mention of the possibility of my being terminated, there was never one write-up done regarding my employment, and there was never a written warning documented to show that she was unhappy with my work, even if she thought I did horrible work (or whatever went through her messed up mind). Basically she doesn't have a leg to stand on but it will hold me up from getting any payment at all for 4-8 weeks. Trust me when I say there are a lot of profanities I could use right now to describe this woman.

One crazy thing that has shocked me during this week is how wrong I was about 2 of the people that I worked with. I know I've spoken about T here before and not in the most flattering of light. I regret that now. I don't think I've spoken about G here but basically the reason I was hired on at Dr. J's office is because G decided to work at home with her mother doing medical billing on her own. Even though she no longer worked with Dr. J full time she did end up staying on as an independent consultant to help with the A/R. Sorry, had to get introductions out of the way. Anyway, during my time in the office G always seemed like a very sweet person and someone I could depend on. She was always willing to help and we went out to lunch a few times, she really seemed like a friend. T on the other hand was just more rough. We didn't always see eye to eye, although we got along for the most part, but she didn't really seem like she'd give a flip about me one way or the other once I ever left that office.

How very wrong I was. Don't get me wrong, G acted like my friend. I called her to tell her the situation but she already knew. Dr. J had called her the night before to find out if G would take over the entire billing and payroll areas if she fired me, which of course G agreed to do. She claims it's because Dr. J has helped her so much in the past that she owes her but I know the money is the real motivation (which I don't even blame her for, I just can't stand the two faced person she is). She pretty much said how sorry she was and how wrong it was and how I could absolutely use her as a reference at her work number at home. That was on Monday and I haven't talked to her since.

T has called me every day to see how I'm doing. She wants to meet for lunch and was appalled at the way Dr. J treated me. On Tuesday night T called in tears because of the things Dr. J and G were saying about me. Dr. J wants T to testify against me when she contests my unemployment because I did T's taxes for her on the office computer at 10:30 in the morning - which isn't lunch time. First of all, I never had a set lunch time and secondly, I was on it when I did the taxes! She is basically grasping at straws. Then T heard G back in my office talking to the new girl (oh wait, did I forget to tell you Dr. J hired someone the Saturday after she fired me? so basically there are now 2 people to do my job, the one she fired me for because I needed help - hhhmmmm) about the work that was left undone. Then she turned to Dr. J and said she should take pictures of the work they were having to do that I left undone.

Of course I left work undone, I got fired!! Seriously, I know very few people that work in an office/bookkeeping position that go home every day with every piece or work done. Maybe I am the oddball here but seriously, do you all have your work 100% complete when you walk out the door each night? Either way T told Dr. J that I did the taxes on my lunch hour to keep T from having to pay hundreds of dollars to a crappy tax place to do them for her and got very upset. I know now she's worried about when Dr. J is going to turn on her and fire her next. Really, it's just a matter of time.

It's amazing to me the shocking way people will treat each other, even in times of hardship and strife. This most definitely has taught me a lesson about trust, sadly enough, and how to better see people for who and what they really are.


Blogger OHN said...

I know it doesn't seem like it right now, but you really should be glad that you are no longer in that toxic environment.

It could turn out that firing you was the best thing that ever happened to you....maybe not this minute but it has opened the door for you to find a job where they appreciate you.

8:11 AM  
Blogger sky girl said...

Well, if you were terminated like that in Canada with no severance you could go after her because proper procedure was not followed. If you had no warnings than she has no grounds unless you did something really horrible.

I wonder what she has to gain by contesting unemployment benefits? Is that something that she has to pay for?

She sounds awful and you're further ahead to be out of that environment even though it sucks to be fired. You'll land on your feet.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

You have been through a lot.

As far as unemployment hearings, they are pretty standard. Just make sure you have all your paperwork in order. It is usually done over the phone.

If they have a standard in place in the employee handbook, know it front and back. You may want to get in touch with those who did receive severance, it may help your case.

It may also be worth it to pay a consultation fee with an employment attorney. I would guess that would be about $200. A lot when you aren't working, but it may be worth it to make sure you get paid.

Sky girl asked if unemployment is something the employer has to pay.
Yes, in the US they do.

Good luck and hang in there!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Miss X said...

Gosh, this is just terrible Brandy! I am so sorry for all of that. I've been in a similar toxic environment and it is just awful. Thoughts and prayers for you.

2:18 PM  
Blogger deanna said...

I'm just catching up on blogs and am APPALLED by the way you were treated, and so very sorry you had to go through such a traumatic experience. I can tell you this much---Karma is cooking up some nastiness for that Dr. J.

I'm really hopeful for you that things work out with the other place. They seem excited and grateful to have you---as they should be!

10:49 PM  
Blogger melinda said...

Oh man, how WRONG! It sounds like Dr. J really showed her true colors by not only firing you but then by acting like a jerk. Just be glad that you got out of there relatively unscathed. You can take this chance to reevaluate everything and find the job you REALLY want. You deserve at LEAST that much!

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Brandy, I don't even have the right words to describe the frustration I'M feeling after reading the stories here, so I can only imagine how you must be feeling right now! I hope a new opportunity comes along soon.


p.s. How DARE you leave unfinished work when you were fired?! Sheesh! [rolling eyes at that whole thing]

3:11 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I praying everything goes in your favor, which it should considering everything that happened. Hang in there!

8:16 PM  

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