I haven’t blogged in awhile so I figured I’d better get on top of it while I’m here.
Christmas was tough this year, but still wonderful. My husband’s job got downsized on Halloween and we’re still waiting his next position to come through… HR departments drag their feet. My job situation is a mess right now and has left me with a tough decision to make… whether to go to court over layoffs.
We have a 2-3 week layoff every year around Christmas as part of the job. It starts Dec. 19th. I had prepared for that layoff, but wasn’t prepared when my manager pulled me into his office on Nov. 13th and told me I would be laid off the next day instead. When I asked why he said that it was because I can not currently drive, which is a temporary issue with my seizures. I was so taken aback that he even said that to me, I didn’t know how to respond. They can’t lay me off based on a disability! I pointed out that I had never once been late to work since I stopped driving, that I had often stayed late, and that I had even arranged transportation to be in on Saturdays to work. I also pointed out that driving was not a part of my job description and that it wasn’t fair for that to be the criteria for my layoff. I got no solid response to that. I walked out knowing that my co-worker who is 2-3 years my junior in the company and who has a worse attendance record was staying employed in my place just because of my seizures and driving. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I have never had anyone make me feel like that small of a person.
So, now what do I do? I want to walk out and quit, but I need the benefits and can’t find another position yet. If I do file a complaint with the state, which I can, then I end up going back it will be very akward and uncomfortable. If I don’t file a complaint will I regret it later? Not to mention, the whole stupid thing will go ‘unpunished’ so to speak. In addition, I have friends in the company, including one of the managers who would no doubt be included in the lawsuit. I’m so upset about it, I can’t sleep or concentrate. I wish the whole thing would sort itself out.