I think “shocked” is the perfect way to describe these recent events from my now ex-employer. Or better put – LACK of events.
This is probably going to turn into a long ramble/rant, which I feel bad for having just written the beautiful story of Love Drop the other day, but this is how life works. And I’ve never been one to shy away from it. So if you’re in happy la-la-la land avert your eyes! :)
This is the story of how my company has gone bonkers. And pissed me off in the process. I know you’re going to tell me to buck up and do more about it – which is fine – but I do have a plan. It just takes me a while to turn into Mr. Bad A$$. (Remember the wedding photo saga of 2008? Aye…)
Here’s the chain of events:
- I get laid off. Without my last paycheck, any mention of insurance info, severance, or even a termination letter. It literally took 5 mins (the guy was late for a meeting)
- I act as gentlemanly as I ever have in my entire life, in hopes of contracting back to the company. And also cuz I was pretty happy :)
- 3 hours later, I get asked to help out from the same guy that fired me. I say yes, jack up my rates, and ask to be paid up front (I got laid off due to money concerns). He agrees, but never gets back.
- A couple days later I ask about my paycheck – “coming soon”
- A couple days later I ask about my termination letter – “we’re concentrating on paying people first” (You can’t do two things at once?)
- The next day I ask about insurance info – nothing back.
- A couple days later I ask about all 3 items – nothing back
- I get an email forwarded to me that our ex-ceo is still working on it.
- I call – nothing.
At this point I figure either a) they’re ignoring me for good, or b) maybe I can send a bit harsher email over in hopes they realize how dire it is. Because honestly, it’s pretty $hitty not only to fire people right before Christmas, but then to not even give them the courtesy (and legal rights??) to any of the paperwork their owed? And money? They’re obviously up to something.
Luckily I have a safety net under me and an income stream, but that’s besides the point. Many of the others don’t, and it shouldn’t matter anyways – you treat people as people. It can’t be all 24/7 business all the time. If you have something bad to say, you say it and not ignore them.
You can’t pay me? TELL ME. You’re not going to give me a termination letter and follow the rules? TELL ME. Be a man and tell us, we’re not children.
Anyways, I send them this email:
Ex-CEO/Guy who fired me,
In 2 days we have zero insurance and not a note of any sort to resolve this. We need our termination letter asap because we are still technically employed.
I understand the financial situation is dicey, but that should not hold up the other paperwork we are legally supposed to get on the day of our termination.
Please advise as I am running out of patience.
This is unacceptable.
I don’t know if I’m legally correct here – I’m no lawyer – but I do know they’re supposed to give us something. I went to the Department of Labor‘s site and after 15 minutes wanted to punch myself in the face. How can you find anything on there? It’s a big mosh of crazy words and acronyms! :)
- In return, I get a half-a$$ed email back saying insurance paperwork is in the mail (I’ll believe it when I see it) and that’s about it. WHAT ABOUT MY TERMINATION LETTER?
- I email back – no word of termination letter, but 5 paragraphs on why I can’t get paid yet. Okay, I’ll take that. Although it’s nothing positive.
- I email AND call one more time asking for my Termination Letter! Crickets.
- Then I hear that everyone at the company got paid, except us (I still have friends there).
At this point I’m livid. I don’t know if I have a right to be, but I am. Everyone is getting paid except us? When there’s no money? Come on now. Then I get THIS email from the guy who fired me:
“J$, Hope all is well. I’ll talk to ex-CEO about this tomorrow and get back to you. I’m not sure what the requirements / options are for this stuff. Are you still interested in freelancing for us? If so, I have some work for you.”
Am I in Looney Land??!?!! Do I have “Sucker” written all over me?? Perhaps, but I take this as an opportunity to try and eek out some luck:
“Yup – as soon as I get my termination letter and health insurance info and paycheck, I’m all yours. I can’t be a contractor for a company I’m still employed with ;) Or work for free. Give me a call anytime and we’ll rock it out.”
Haha…See what I did there? I revert back to Mr. Nice guy with a touch of snark. And of course if anyone there reads my blog it backfires ;) But does it really matter at this point?
I think I’ve been more than fair throughout this whole cockamamy ordeal. If they can’t wake up and realize how ridiculous this is, there’s no hope. Which again, is really really sad since I helped start this company before any of these goons even heard of us. But such is life. Now we sit back and ponder our next plan of attack. The saga continues…
(Photo by suez92)