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Quote CheapPerfume Replybullet Topic: "i got fired" stories
    Posted: November/18/2009 at 6:14pm
So, my boyfriend works as a temp for a materials testing company. His temp ends December 4th. Being the intelligent person that he is, he has been looking for new jobs to start once the temp ends. He has an interview today. Guess what? He gets fired from his temp job for "taking an interview with a competitor".

WTF!

The company's told him he won't be hired back after the temp position is over because there's no work during the winter. So they fire him for trying to ensure he has a job lined up after the position ends? I don't get it.

Apparently, they are not offering him a severance package, and he has been evicted from the company housing tonight. Yes, they are kicking him out in the middle of the night.

Basically this place is a scam. The "free housing" is run by a slum lord who refuses to pay for maintenance, the workers don't get benefits, and they treat their workers like dirt. And the funny thing is, the owner who hires everyone makes it out to be the best job in the world when he interviews people and visits college career fairs.

So, his parents are driving up from Pennsylvania to take his things out of the house back to their house until he lands a new job, and he's coming up to visit me this weekend, and then driving down to PA to live until he gets a job. I probably won't see him until after Christmas.

We're really hoping he gets one of the two jobs he interviewed for today.

I feel inexplicably upset by all this. Like, he's my boyfriend, not my fiancee or husband or anything. But then I remember that I want to be with him forever, and then it makes sense why I'm so upset.




Oh, and feel free to share outrageous termination stories. :]


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Quote jim01 Replybullet Posted: November/18/2009 at 6:52pm
 all states in the U.S has a labor relation board they help people with things like this have him contract them this might not help him but they will investigate the company and make them stop doing things like this he should go to the unemployment office he should be able to draw unemployment check
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Quote CheapPerfume Replybullet Posted: November/18/2009 at 7:04pm
Yeah, we're trying to do some research to figure out who to tell to investigate the company. He wants to use them for a reference though, before he whistleblows (oddly, the company usually gives good reviews of their employees).

I hadn't even considered unemployment checks, actually.
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Quote piercedoff Replybullet Posted: November/18/2009 at 7:07pm
there must be an ombudsman of some sort but damn does that suck ..
 
did he go through an agency or directly through the company?
 
i'm actually doing temping at the moment and am registered with a few agencies. One agency found me a one month assignment that's full time and when I rang up the other agency to tell them I couldn't work casual hours they said 'good on you for looking after yourself and looking for work' .. but that company that your b/f was with is shite and i'd def be following up on it.
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Quote CheapPerfume Replybullet Posted: November/18/2009 at 7:17pm
I don't mean "temp" like you mean "temp", I don't think.

He found them at our college's career fair. They hire people in "temp" positions for six months, train them to do the materials testing, and then after that six months is up, they'll either hire you full time or send you packing. However, they explicitly told him that none of the current temps would be hired on full time, as it's almost winter in NY, and people aren't as likely to need soil tested, so he's been hunting for jobs to start after the temp position is up. He didn't go through a temp agency.
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Quote Keiran1980 Replybullet Posted: November/18/2009 at 7:22pm
Here in the UK it is highly illegal to sack someone for applying for a job elsewhere. I am not sure if the law is the same in the USA but I would expect there must be some kind of say of taking legal action for unfair dismissal.
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Quote CheapPerfume Replybullet Posted: November/18/2009 at 8:01pm
I'm thinking that unless the contract he signed had a clause in it addressing this, he'll probably pursue it legally.
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Quote saaaaan Replybullet Posted: November/18/2009 at 8:17pm
My grandma died on a Monday, and my ex-boss didn't have anyone to cover my shift + he had to go to rehab (DUI, required) that day, I called and explained the situation, legally I was allowed 3 days off, I got an email with him firing me on the day of her funeral.
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Quote SteveSirenic Replybullet Posted: November/18/2009 at 9:42pm
Getting fired sucks.

Getting fired for dancing too much is just funny.

Hence why I no longer work at spencer's.
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Quote CheapPerfume Replybullet Posted: November/18/2009 at 9:45pm
By the way, I like your Back to the Future quote from Doc Brown. :]
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