Fired- nonprofit-HR talking about it to friends/coworkers?
I am just wondering if there is any case for me to present to a lawyer. I have worked for a non-profit for almost 5 yrs. I recently (in Oct) switched positions so I didn't have to work so many days. I worked with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I was accused of not giving a topical medicine. Thing is- I did, but forgot to sign the MAR. I was wrote up for this and told that I had too many med errors. (Since last year in July. I got one in July, one in Dec. Both were med providers error. Staff at my workplace did not follow protocal and check it in upon delivery with original script. My next error was in Jan. I only gave one vitamin D instead of two. My fourth med error I was written up for giving anti-gas med (not on new OTC sheet, but was on old one). The fifth error I was told I didn't give topical med - well actually they did not tell me in my termination meeting (i had called nurse of company and she told me.) KY is an at-will employer. . . Which SUCKS!! The termination meeting was less than professional. Not told about health Insurance , not told about my accrued pto time. Nothing!!! not a thing mentioned!!! I asked about other emplyees who made just as many if not more med errors than I- HR was very hateful, "this is only about u, not them." At that time my boss asked, yea is that an option for her? HR responded, no not after she has been fired. I ended up calling another HR staff and asked them what this was all about. He said he would look into it. Basically he came back to me with, "they said you were not offered another position because of work performance." WHAT? First I have heard about this! Especially since my boss asked HR about me and another position. He looked into my file and gave me crap reasons. ONE time, I had overslept and was late going in early. I had been asked to come in 3 hrs early so I said of course. I had worked many shifts consecutively (12 hour shifts, night shift 7p-7a) I got there 1 1/2 hr late. But still earlier than my shift. Another was for not signing a binder for med checks- there have been MANY people who have not signed this. And the last thing he told me was I was late with paperwork. FIRST of all, I had it in at 8 am on the 2nd. This was okay'd with my boss previously. She acted as if it was just fine. She had asked me to drop off at one location, I asked if it would be more helpful for me to drop off at the main location and she said yes, :) So- yes they can fire me for no reason at all. But I have a great attendance record, I work shifts that have no coverage, I go above and beyond my work duties. They wanted me gone for what ever reason! If they want you gone they do it- if they want you to stay they will allow you infinity number of mistakes! I do not think they followed their policy when firing me. I had also mentioned to my boss before that i didn't want my "diagnosis" (ADHD) to be mistaken for laziness. This was in response to her email about doing things during the quite of the night. Which I do! but sometimes I do not finish on time. I haven't mentioned asking for "special accomodations" but did mention if I worked at her location all 3 days rather than 2, I would only be working 36 hrs and that would allow time for my mess-ups. And that would not have to be OT in that case. Not sure if I asked enough "accomodations" for my med condition or not. Or if I actually have to say what that condition is.?.? And they didn't fire me according to the policy (I am still checking the 100% on this.) I have much respect from the clients and my co-workers. I honestly do my very best I am a great worker- this was for no reason, but they don't have to have one from my understanding. To top it off I am losing all my PTO time 87.9 hours!!! Someone please help! Thank you very much. Any questions please ask.
Asked By: Shirley - 5/16/2012
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Based on your question which is hard to understand, it appears you were terminated for 4 or 5 mistakes w/in less than a year, you have made since taking on a new position with this company. The meeting was to discuss those mistakes and the reason for firing you, and because of this, they would not be telling you what... More
Answered By: lucy - 5/16/2012
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I dont think you have a fight, but you can always contact a lawyer in your area. If they are willing to take the case on contingency (they only get paid if you win), they will think you have a case. If they want a retainer, then they don't think you will win... More
Answered By: Casey Y - 5/16/2012
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