My sister got me fired. Now what?
June 7, 2006 2:50 PM Subscribe
My half-sister got me fired from 2 jobs. What do I do?
posted by anonymous to law & government (35 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My dad's ex-wife works at an agency where I was seeing a therapist for depression. The ex-wife told my half-sister that I was there and what I was there for, and broke confidentiality, so I reported her. The agency told me they could not say what they did to her (reprimand, etc).
I was nannying for 2 families (2 days a week each family), and the day after we had a huge family fight, I was fired with stupid excuses. (One woman fired me because I missed ONE DAY due to an emergency - relative in the hospital, the other, though she had hired me only 4 weeks prior, got her kids into daycare, or so she said.) The lady who fired me over the absence (and she's a work-at-home mom anyways) turned hostile. I have confirmed with a third employer that my sister called and said she should not trust me with her children. (I have passed background checks and the claims are completely baseless...she simply wants revenge for my reporting her mom.)
I've spoken to the sherriff's dept, and they said they can't do anything unless she physically threatens me. They can't even take a harassment report since she called the neighbor (my employer) and not me. The previous 2 employers - the hostile woman won't respond to my inquiries, and I haven't gotten a hold of the other yet. (Don't remember their phone number and they're unlisted, meaning I have to drive out to their house and hope to catch them at home.)
She got the phone numbers because they were hanging on our refrigerator - as for the neighbor, she simply Googled the address. The live right next door so it wasn't hard to find.
Do I (ask a lawyer to) send a cease and desist and risk making things worse, or just try to let it go? Obviously my sister and I will probably never have a relationship again, but should I worry about her doing this again, and if so what do I say to potential new employers?