Is this normal temp agency behavior?
July 28, 2011 2:39 PM Subscribe
Why might temp agencies have problems with headscarves and telling me why I was fired?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (19 answers total)
I was let go from what was supposed to be a permanent position. The temp director met me at work the start of the shift to tell me the assignment had ended. I expressed my confusion in an "oh! that's interesting!" way. The explanation he gave was obviously false. Later, over the phone, I politely asked why, but, again, they only said that the assignment had ended. When I asked what I should tell Unemployment about my job termination, she said the agency would be fine with me putting down “undisclosed reasons.”
A second agency does not allow hats to be worn at work. I asked if I could wear a headscarf, which she could see covers my hair, not my neck or shoulders, and was told no. The reason I wear it is health-related (side-effects of medications). This will not be an environment where it would even remotely be a safety issue. I will be letting the coordinator know that it is for health issues.
Is there a reason why a temp agency would not tell an employee why they were fired?
Can a workplace prohibit headscarves (being worn for health-related reasons)?
I don’t have the resources to pursue a lawyer in either case, at the moment. I am curious as to whether these are normal conditions for temps. Thank you!