Can you get in trouble for not signing a final warning letter? help need asap.
February 16, 2010 11:46 PM Subscribe
Tales of minimum wage intrigue: My boyfriend (let's call him Allen) got a "final warning" letter from his small business customer service job, after very little verbal warnings at all. It is most likely due to his refusal to come in on two of his days off in the last week (once he was sick, and the second time he had plans). He was never told that he is on-call. His co-worker/managerial lapdog has told him that his manager is going to fire him anyway. Should he sign the letter? Do we have a leg to stand on at all? Details of shittiness/small business Machiavellian politics inside.
posted by Betty_effn_White to work & money (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
His job has been shady in the past. One of his co-workers was denied overtime pay because they "couldn't afford it" (she didn't complain). They call him in on his days off at least several times a month because they are under staffed, and employees regularly have to come in sick. If he ever heard a complaint it was via gossip; his superior (who wrote the letter) talks to him maybe about twice a month over minor mishaps. He has worked there for over two years, with no major complaints. His phone died on one his days off and he woke up to a harassing voicemail of his co-worker cursing him out because they thought he was ignoring him (we saved the voicemail).
The letter his manager wrote said that she had talked to him about his performance over the past few months (she hasn't) about four main issues: Not filling in, mistakes (human error more than carelessness), not opening in time (he has), and not being a "team player" (the phrase employers use when you stick up for yourself). His customers love him and have not complained. Apparently his manager has already started interviewing replacements, and I think she just wants him to sign the paper so he can fire him at the slightest infraction and deny him unemployment. Should he refuse to sign it? What could the repercussions be if he doesn't? Allen and his manager are having a meeting about this tomorrow, any advice about what he should say would be appreciated (I told him to say the letter is pending "legal review", which might be going a little far but it seems good to cover his bases). I know YANML.
This is in Oregon, at a place that was recently on the front page of digg and reddit as an example or altruism at the workplace. If he actually does get fired maybe I'll link to it :) (apologies if I came off a little spiteful but I hate seeing people being taken advantage of and am writing this out of rage)