Termination of volunteer position
April 17, 2008 5:17 PM Subscribe
Help with potentially unethical situation in volunteer termination
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I frequently attend a local conference as an audience member. This year, I signed up to volunteer. Before I was able to go through with orientation, I got canned.
When I attended the conference last year, I had suffered from food poisoning and had been violently physically ill in front of a few hundred people at an event with capacity attendance. I felt weak and was horrendously embarrassed, and made a quick exit.
This evening, I showed up for a new volunteer orientation. One of the directors of the event grabbed me before the start of the orientation and showed me the door, explaining that because (a) I was sick; (b) I hadn't stayed to clean up after myself, and (c) I hadn't "fessed up" to the fact that I'd been sick in front of 300-odd people, they didn't want me working for them. Making matters worse, she fired me in front of a woman who's in an important position in the community, for whom I have a great deal of respect. I'm caught between wanting to ask for my position back and explain my side of the story, and giving up, knowing that this woman would make my life miserable if I dug my heels in and battled for my shifts.
The conference has to do with subject matter in which I am greatly interested, and I would like to make a better impression with this woman's supervisors.
My questions are: was this legal and/or ethical, and what recourse, if any, do I have? Would it be better (make me look attractive to the woman's superiors) to fight or walk away?