Another person wondering if they have a wrongful termination case in an at-will state.
In Washington state. Apologies for the length.
Terminated citing attendance and work performance issues after complications with a surgery and depression a few months ago. Kept immediate superior as aware of my health as I felt comfortable (did not feel like going into detail about my depression). For what it's worth, I have been rescheduled several times (due to communication issues between my physician and the psychiatrist) over the past few months while trying to get in regarding undiagnosed/suspected bi-polar disorder and ADD, among other issues. I cannot reiterate enough how my work environment directly affected my mental health.
Sub-question: Concerned about COBRA insurance; heard it was not worth the price. This is a stretch, but I'm concerned about possible hospitalization bills as I only intended to have these evaluations done under the pretense that I had my former employer's insurance. Is it completely out of line for me to believe that because I was employed while this was getting sorted out that I should be entitled to have my former insurance cover it? I know this is probably an easy no, but I'm going to ask anyway.
Feel wrongly accused of the work performance issue as I feel as if I was thrown under the bus to cover the account manager's mistakes (i.e. there were things for me to do but they were not efficiently funneled down to me timely enough for me to get them done by deadline, emails would sit in AM's inbox for days before they would be tended to, despite having worked there for over a year, still had no idea what my position/skillset was and who my accounts were). This was happening daily. In the beginning I was more on the AM's case about it because I knew it had to be overwhelming, but over time grew wary of their ability to do their position at all; previous AM had absolutely no problem with this task.
AM misses a lot of work and leaves sporadically throughout the day, almost every day, and is often on the phone with friends while at their desk. The AM's personal friends and spouse even call the office phone multiple times a day. Think 10+ times a day. This is obviously incredibly discouraging behavior, and it is apparent to the entire office. Things had been said, but nothing was done.
Said AM is in what I (and other co-workers) believe is an intimate or otherwise inappropriate (both are married) relationship with one of the owners.
No physical proof of their relationship outside of the tension in the room, obvious flirting, blatant mannerisms, besides the company cell phone statements that show them texting each other randomly in the middle of the night. Heard about this through a co-worker who was helping the AM figure out how to read the bill.
Feel as if both the AM's attendance and work performance has always been a problem (since the beginning of their employment) and is what ultimately made my position look weak, and if they were not close with the owner, they would have been eliminated long ago.
Had taken to writing down complications the AM and I were having to be brought up during the following review. Quarterly bonuses are given at the quarterly reviews and unknown to me at the time, the company had not made enough money the previous quarter to give bonuses and decided not to have reviews. They decided not to tell anyone this. Only found out through a co-worker's instigating.
Like I said, I know that at-will in a small company basically puts a noose around my neck, so I'm not expecting anything out of this, but feeling a little backstabbed and just want to make sure I don't have any other options available.
Thank you. Throwaway email is here