Bobbie the manager called me today. Actually, she called my parent’s house, no idea why since they have my number and always called here before. So I called her back.

She said that things weren’t working out and they’d have to let me go. I asked why and she said that other employees had been complaining that I hadn’t been pulling my weight.

Um ok.

They never mentioned anything to me about it before. I don’t know in what way I hadn’t been pulling my weight. If there’s a to-do list, I would do the items on it. If there was stuff to put out, I’d put it out. If a customer needed help, I’d help them. I didn’t come in 10-15 minutes late like Megan would and stand at the register, ignoring other customers who wanted to check out, and talk to my friend for a hour. I wasn’t like Maggie and didn’t come in a half-hour, 45 minutes late and then not ring out a single customer all night at the register and instead just rearranged all the merchandise while not greeting or asking a single customer if they needed help. Maybe they let those two go too, I don’t know. But if they didn’t, then that’s really unfair of them.

Not to mention, they knew I had problems with my hip. Even if I wasn’t as active as the other employees, isn’t it against the physical disability part of the Employee Protection Act to fire me because of it? I don’t know for sure, but it just doesn’t seem fair to me.

I feel both upset and relieved. Upset because, hey, I was fired for the first time! And without prior warnings and rather unfairly too. Upset because I now have no income so if I don’t get that job I’ll be screwed completely. Relieved because I don’t have to deal with being in pain while working there anymore. Relieved because I don’t have to deal the manager’s inability to make a schedule properly. Relieved because if I do get that job, I don’t have to worry about working two jobs at once for two weeks.

I don’t know what to do if I don’t get that job. I don’t want to work retail again, or any job that involves standing or walking for a long period or they might think I’m “not pulling my weight” as well. Office would be best, but I don’t want to answer phones.

I really need that graphics job. Please let me get that job.

  • Wow… that place really, really sucks, and I’m glad you don’t have to work there anymore at least. Still, that’s incredibly unfair how they treated you, ugh. I’m crossing my fingers that you get that graphic design job too!

  • wtf?! they can’t do that… they have to warn you first. and if nobody told you there was a problem, you had no idea. it sounded to me like you were doing everything the way you should have. idiots!! *big hugs* at least you don’t have to work there anymore… but that majorly sucks. I’m so sorry.

  • What jerks!! That’s so not fair. At least now they might notice that the others don’t do anything. Maybe it’s for the best, it seemed like it was a major stress and you hated it. And if you don’t get the job you applied for, there are always other jobs out there!! Good luck!!

  • That sounds awful! =( Are you sure they’re allowed to do that? At least now you shouldn’t have to deal with a job you hate anymore. But still. =/

  • I know…I’m glad I don’t have to work there anymore either, although I wish it had been my decision.

  • Apparently, companies can fire you without warning legally. However, IMO only inconsiderate managers would actually do that. Most places do give a warning.

  • I hope they do notice that the others don’t do anything. It probably was for the best, especially for my hip. It just sucks being fired.

  • I know they can fire without warning legally, but I’m not sure if they can fire me for having an injury. It would be much too involved and stressful to try and do anything about it though.

  • that is awful!!! i’m sorry that i wasn’t around to respond sooner. i’m very glad that you don’t have to deal with it, but that is just pure and simple bull shit. that manager is obviously incompetent herself if she can’t see the problems with the others. also, the injury thing probably is illegal, but i don’t blame you at all for not wanting to pursue it. *HUGS*

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