44 thoughts on “HR workers of Reddit – what’s the worst way you’ve seen an employee screwed over by the company?

  1. nurseclank February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I worked for an oil company, and lived through mass redundancies when the oil went belly up.

    They sent out a list of which positions were being made redundant, with numbers for how many people currently held that role and how many they were cutting it to. So if it said ‘Buyers | Current: 4 | Consultation: 3’ you knew that if you were a buyer you’d be under scrutiny and 25% of your team would be gone soon.

    I sat at my desk and opened the e-mail. Looked for my position, no redundancy for me. The girl next to me opened hers and saw ‘Her position | Current: 1 | Consultation: 0’. That’s how she learned she’d lost her job.

  2. breddit423 February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Not in HR, but I can think of two examples. There was a fire drill and upon returning it was discovered that not everybody returned. Apparently it was a literal fire drill where some people were told that they had been let go and this was their way of having them leave. The other example is my dad who had been with a huge multi-national company that tried to fire him a week or so before his 30 year work anniversary. Fortunately for him, the manager forgot to give him the necessary paperwork on time and he was fired but made it to the 30 year mark, which has extremely heavy implications on pension and retirement.

  3. mrg1957 February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    We had rifs back in ’08 they started in February in the Midwest. One gal was escorted out of the secure area, told she was gone and to leave the building.

    She was ok with being rifed however. It’s February in the Midwest and it’s cold outside. All her stuff was inside the secure area and they wouldn’t allow her to back in. They wouldn’t get her stuff for her!

    She had to stand out in 20°F weather until someone she knew would call a buddy to get her hat, coat, purse, car keys..

  4. Anneisabitch February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    In 2008 my company had huge a RIF of 100 or so people. The day it happened was just terrible. I walked into a conference room and found the HR guy crying in the dark.
    30 days later they let him go.

    2008 *sucked*.

  5. GKinslayer February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I had a friend years ago and she worked security @ First Union Banks main IT campus. She told me they way they let people go is they would come to badge in through the door and their card would not work, out came HR and security where they would escort the person to their desk to get their things and then walked right out the door.

    She told me about 3 weeks after this started one Saturday night around 5 PM their ATM system crashed and took them about all night to recover. She told me she thinks someone left them a going away gift.

  6. 7824c5a4 February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Im just an IT guy so I dont always know the whole story, but it feels bad locking someones account on their PC and having them find out that way. Then of course, moments later an HR person shows up in their office.

  7. ahenobarbus_horse February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    A colleague of mine was flown from his office in the field to headquarters under the pretense of a leadership meeting and fired immediately, once he arrived. He was on a plane back home two hours later.

    The boss didn’t feel like traveling.

  8. Lynchinizer February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Sears Canada; Going through bankruptcy, many employees where laid-off with no severance while the executives were getting 6 figure bonuses. Those bonuses could have covered many employees severance.

  9. iforgotmylegs February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I worked almost 100% on one of the major projects at my company, it was one of only a couple whales that was keeping the lights on. This was during the major oil crash around 2014 or so. The project manager booked a long vacation way in advance and the client decided at the last minute that all the work needed to be revisited (not by our fault, just compliance with a new regulatory procedure).

    This was actually great news because it gave a lot of people work to do, which was pleasantly surprising news when layoffs are happening weekly, so we could not say no. A more senior co worker stepped up and took over. Everything went great and we got the deadline on time, but it took a lot of overtime on their part. They really came through. I and other Co workers mentioned them by name during performance reviews to commend them.

    They were laid off a couple weeks later. It was not announced (they stopped informing the staff of layoffs because apparently it was hurting morale). I was already planning on leaving to go to grad school but I could have changed my mind until that point. I pretty just mentally checked out, ignored everyone and counted down the days until I left.

    Just remember that if you work for a huge company, you owe them absolutely nothing beyond your scheduled hours. The people deciding your fate could be entire tiers above whatever low-level manager you answer to, and you will probably never see their face or even know their name. You may get dropped on an impulse to make their spreadsheet numbers look better for their next meeting.

  10. NotDissatisfied February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Obligatory not an HR worker, but my college roommate was a temp in an HR office for college credit.

    She came home one night absolutely disheveled, makeup smeared, heels in hand. Just rough. In a nutshell, her supervisor made her participate in firing a woman for creating a “hostile work environment”. Seems cut and dry right?

    Turns out the “hostility” was directed at a man the woman accused of molesting her daughter. The woman obviously went batshit crazy, crying, begging to keep her job, the works. Told my roommate the entire story about how she dated the guy for years, thought he was great but now her ~13yo daughter had some kind of STD that the guy had given to both of them. Naturally, the mom threatened to kill the guy.

    The HR supervisor wasn’t having it, had security escort the woman out. My roommate asked the supervisor if she thought the mom was telling the truth. The supervisor, cold as ice, “probably. We hire some really suspicious people. She shouldn’t have left her daughter alone.”

    That broke something in my roommate and she dropped her business program 3.5 years in. I think she graduated with a degree in biology or something 2 years later.

  11. Lady_Otaku February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I used to work in a warehouse and one time an employee got seriously injured. His arm and leg were seriously fucked up. This guy worked out a lot so management pulled him into the office and began to speak to him.

    “So you hurt your arm at the gym, and now want to blame us?”

    A palette of heavy things literally tumbled over near him. If he didn’t move right away he could’ve easily gotten crushed. Mangement thought it was a scam.

    “Do you know what insurance fraud is? Tell us the truth.”

    “We know everything. You can’t lie to us.”

    The guy was stunned. He wanted to use his health insurance but the management wasn’t hearing it. This continued for some time. A few hours at least.

    I guess someone overheard because three guys from the union showed up pissed as hell. REALLY pissed. There was screaming, shouting, and then one mentioned that “Perhaps we should get the department of labor and other the insurance company involved.”

    I guess that was enough to convince him. He let the employee use his insurance and things went on for a while. Apparently, this guy had a habit of doing this to everyone who was injured. Injury happens – A day later, etc.

    He literally accused someone of working with a broken arm for 2 weeks before going to the hospital. I think someone either reported him or the union stepped in because he’s disappeared.

  12. Hysterical_Realist February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I was the screwed over employee here.

    I’m colorblind. My boss gave me a work task that was color-coded in a way that I couldn’t see (based on color-coding of spreadsheet cells, where each color had a specific meaning and I couldn’t distinguish all of them.) When I told my boss about this, she decided to write me up for it, under the assumption I was lying to get out of work.

    I went straight to HR with a copy of the write-up. The rep told me that there was exactly one way I could get the write-up off my record: I could use our tuition reimbursement program to go take a remedial art class at the local community college. “So that you can *finally* learn your colors”, she said.

    That’s when I found out that colorblindness isn’t protected under the ADA.

    This was write about the same time that I stayed late one day to cover for a coworker who ran out of insulin in her pump. I stayed about 45 minutes while she went home, got her refill, and came back. The next day I was written up for the unauthorized overtime. Another coworker went in to the same HR rep to see if she could put her son on her insurance. She was told that no, she couldn’t do that, since her son lived in Hawaii, and Hawaii isn’t part of the United States.

    I decided about that time it just wasn’t worth staying at that company.

  13. ConstableBlimeyChips February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Allow me to post a happy story involving layoffs and HR, but first a little background: Where I live employers could give out temporary contracts for a total of 3 years. After that they had to let you go or offer you a permanent contract, work somewhere for 3 years and a single second = permanent contract.

    This girl was on her third year with all signs pointing towards a permanent contract, her evaluations were through the roof, she was one of the more productive workers in the department, good rapport with customers, co-workers liked her and she loved working there. It should have been a done deal. However, two months before she hits 3 years, the company announces a downsizing, as part of this downsizing all temporary workers will not have their contracts renewed or made permanent.

    Department head tries to argue with HR citing everything I mentioned above but they can’t do anything, downsizing like this is part of labor law as well as the CBA and they literally can not make exceptions but they can offer her transition help, ie. helping her find a new job. Girl doesn’t want to do but is convinced by the department head to in anyway, so she brings her CV and the proof of all the training she’s had and meets up with the HR rep. HR rep stops at one of her internships she did right before she came to her current job, asks her a lot of questions about it. Then he asks her a lot of questions about how long she’s been working at the company. Then he steps out for a good 10 minutes before returning with the head of the HR department. They ask her again to confirm her employment history.

    Turns out the company she interned at was taken over roughly a year before by the company she now worked for. Also, internships count as work experience and when the takeover was finalized the payroll was transferred on a one-to-one basis, including past experience. So officially her employment with our company was not 2 years, 11 months but 3 years, 2 months. As a result her previously temporary contract was now permanent *by law* and she wasn’t laid off.

  14. jondonbovi February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Made an employee come in at 6:30 for the morning rush hour only to tell her to leave after 10 minutes because they were a bit overstaffed. At least give her 2 hours for her troubles.

  15. Kukulkun February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Not HR, but I was forced out of a job in a shitty way and want to share.

    I moved to another state and got a job at an alternative school for kids who had been kicked out of public school for emotional and behavioral issues. The company spent a few hundred hours training me and I learned a lot more on the job. It was difficult at times but I enjoyed the work and the people I worked with. After a few months I felt comfortable in my role.

    Then, for some reason still unknown to me, the bosses wanted me gone. I was called in to a meeting with two supervisors who said that we were now overstaffed (lie, we had 3 vacancies) and that I had an exciting opportunity to move to another program. They wanted to move me to our sister program where you work one-on-one in a public school (which can suck if you have a tough kid). And in that program, they wanted me to be a sub/floater, so I could get a text at 5AM telling me I had to go to a school an hour away to work with an emotionally unstable kid I’ve never met before.

    So I thought about it the next day and told my supervisor that I wanted to stay where I was, but that I would be flexible and go to the other program for a few months if they needed me there, or be a permanent one-on-one with a kid, just not a permanent floater. I didn’t hear anything for a week and then get called in to a meeting with both supervisors and the head director. The head director says that the other program would be better for my professional development (bullshit) and then asks me to tell her three of my professional goals that I’m working on, clearly trying to catch me off guard. I make up something and then tell her my reasons for wanting to stay.

    I don’t hear anything for a couple weeks, but the bosses are shitty and begin sending me emails for any mistakes I make that could easily have been said in person. For example, another staff and I were dealing with an escalated kid who had already bit me, and I was tapping my foot while watching him. The director came up behind me, loudly said “You need to STOP doing that” in front of the kid. Then she had one of my supervisors write me an email the next day telling me I had to be conscious of tapping my foot or drumming my fingers (which is true, but doesn’t require an email).

    Then, I get called in to another meeting with the director and two supervisors, who tell me that I am getting moved to the other program. I gave my two weeks notice on the spot, which made my coworkers think I was a badass but didn’t help the fact that I needed a new job. My director then still forced me to go to the other program for my last two weeks. So I didn’t get the goodbye ceremony or anything at the alternative school and could do very little at the other program since they knew I wouldn’t be there long.

    I ended up getting a job at a preschool with a much better boss, but it still frustrates me to think about the whole experience.

  16. rickster907 February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    1) Owner/Founder sells the company to a big corporation, makes a huge profit, and fucks off to the tropics.

    2) New management starts to fire people, over 100. The first six months.

    3) New management then makes the place so miserable, people start losing it and quitting. The second six months.

    4) Place gets so bad, employees threaten to unionize, company says if they do, all jobs will be terminated, and services exported to India.

    Worst shit I’ve ever seen. Fuck big corporations.

  17. lenamarieee February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Not HR but I think the way I was fired by my last company was pretty shitty.

    I worked in marketing for a small company, the company was having problems and there were crazy internal power struggles which led to my firing, basically shit rolls down hill.. boss wasnt meeting sales goals because the sales people they hired and were buddies with couldnt sell water to someone dying of thirst and needed someone to blame.

    I went to the Christmas party and had the next two days off. The second day I had off I got a generic email saying my services were no longer needed. The other two people in my department got the same email. Turns out everyone else at the party (about 20 people) knew me and one of the other people, my supervisor, were going to get fired, the company’s HR person (real professional) had told a couple people we were going to get fired and word spread. The third person who got fired was lined up to get my supervisors job but got drunk at the party and told the boss it was a mistake to fire us so she ended up getting fired too.

    Looking back not only was it shitty to fire us a week before Christmas but also shitty to put us in a room of our coworkers who all knew we were about to get fired.

  18. IAreDrugs February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Not HR, and I might be a little late to the party, but there was this guy who came to work for us about a year ago. This is hard manual labor, and the guy had quit slinging dope on the street to come make an honest living to support his family. He was having trouble dealing with it at first, but he adjusted and ended up being one of the hardest workers on the floor. Always working those 12 hour shifts, staying busy that whole time.

    Anyway, he works with us for a good long while before his 19 year old daughter dies suddenly in her sleep. He, of course, gets a few days off. They probably would’ve given him more time, but he really couldn’t afford to miss any work.

    Dude held it together so damn well while he was at work, man. You could tell for sure he was going through some shit, but he stayed busy still.

    Well, that next week I guess he decided he needed a little more time off, but he didn’t call out, and stayed home for two days. After returning from that 2 days, he was immediately escorted out of the building and fired

  19. cixius February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    My Fortune 500 company was going through downsizing years back. Everyone knew their turn could be coming so it wasn’t the best of environments. One women who had been with the company for 20 years was applying for jobs just to see what was out there, but really wanted to stay with current company. She ended up getting an offer elsewhere. So she approached our manager at the time and told him the situation and asked for advice. Boss basically told her nothing is on the horizon, but do what is best for her. So she turns her notice in. The very next day, riffs announced, entire department being let go (except the manager)… Every one gets a severance package, except for lady who put notice in the day prior. She lost 40 weeks of pay (2 per year worked)… Boss knew the riffs we’re coming, he could have advised her to wait a day in a round about way… Fuck you Derek.

    On the bright side, she had a new job right away, while the rest of us took some time off and competed for the same open jobs in the area.

  20. Quimpers February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Just remember, HR is not your friend.
    Their purpose is to protect the company, not the people

  21. Enthalok February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Not an HR worker, but last week 3 employees were fired in the company I work in. The lady in charge of terminating people was known in the company as “Death”, cause when she called you in a room, shit was going down.

    She fired 2 people following our ridiculous protocol, which basically kicks people out and then someone else has to pick up their stuff from the desk and take it to them outside. We usually fire them first thing in the morning, so they don’t waste a whole day of work for a company they no longer work for.

    After doing those 2 terminations, her boss called her in her room and fired her too.

  22. Intense_tents February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    In the IT dept, a woman I knew was being sexually harassed by her boss. He was a VP and well connected to all the executives in the company. She came to HR to file a claim about it. She was fired and nothing happened to him.

  23. CaptainDickFarm February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Firsthand witness because it was me. Worked at a biotech startup for a year, saved them tons on in house development of assay reagents, and had nothing but positive feedback. One of my coworkers was let go due to budgetary concerns, and was given a very generous severance. About a month later, my father passed away and I took a couple of days. When I come back, I’m asked to stay late for a few days, and then on a Tuesday I’m told that I’m being furloughed until they get a grant approved, but would for sure be brought back on. Lost health insurance, no severance offered, and they had already cancelled my I’d badge and parking pass. Couldn’t get back in to get my wallet and keys and what not, during which time my car was towed.

  24. HotWetCheatinMachine February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    HR guy here for a global financial services firm. We had an employee feature recently in a newspaper article on homelessness, where he was named specifically as working for the company.

    Clearly the journalist intended it to be read as a statement that even those in steady jobs can find themselves in difficult conditions, however the partners saw differently – an email went to all employees asking not to contact the individual (‘we don’t want to overwhelm him during this troubling time’), while we were instructed to dismiss without notice for damaging the firm’s reputation. Not a great day for all involved.

  25. Wencar February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I worked for a company on contract – in HR if you believe it. Was a crappy company so a 6 weeks before the contract ended, I went to the boss and said that I was going to leave at the end of my contract. For the next 6 weeks I was person non grata in the HR department – I was removed from their group e-mail list, I wasn’t told about meetings, they went on 2 day training outside the office and I wasn’t told (I arrived at work to an empty HR department for 2 days) etc etc. On my last day I was saying good-bye to people around the office and my boss comes down and demands that I come to a meeting and walks away. After 6 weeks of basically no contact…I was wondering why. Someone in another department said that they had planned a good-bye party for me…..they treated me like shit for 6 weeks and then bought a gift, cake, balloons etc.

    I said – “F” that, snuck up to my desk, got my coat, left the building and drove away. Apparently they sat there for an hour paging me throughout the building before they realized that I had left. Good thing was….I didin’t need them for a reference as a friend of mine owned his own company and gave me one saying I had work there for the year.

  26. powerlesshero111 February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    There is a case right now in Congress, where a soldier was offered $6000 to separate voluntarily. He had PTSD, which is a 100% disability rating. The paperwork they had him sign at his separation stated he couldn’t collect disability. He is currently homeless, and they will let him collect disability if he pays back the $6000. Just found out about that one today.

  27. W1ttyNickname February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I guess it wasn’t being screwed over by the company, as much as the guy was an IDIOT.

    We were doing a RIF, guy was being let go. It was a generous package, 6 months paid with benefits. Generous package for a guy who had been working there slightly over a year. He can come back on Saturday to collect his personal items. Homeboy asks for one favor, he has a fannie pack on his desk, and says he would appreciate it if he could leave with it. We accommodate and ask his manager to bring it to the conference room. Manager goes to get it, and it is quite heavy. Manager opens it up to find a loaded handgun. Mind you, we are in Texas, he could have been licensed to carry, and I genuinely don’t think he intended to shoot us, but we are a gun free office.

    Manager comes back, he is fired on the spot, severance package removed, his firearm will be given to the local police and he can collect it from them. If he had waited until Saturday, he could have had his gun and no one would have known, and he would have had six months pay.

  28. dubblies February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Company i used to work for tried to sue an employee into disclosing where he was going. This was a small msp, didnt matter.
    They withheld the check of another and he had to get a lawyer and Labor and Industry involved to get his check.

    Tip of the iceberg.

  29. anon_e_mous9669 February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I’m not HR, but was part of a layoff of 150 from the corporate office. I worked in IT and 4 other people were laid off along with me. The Corporate campus was 3 buildings and HR was in the far building from us, so it was a long walk back with security for the cleaning out of the desks.

    Out of the 5 of us, I was the only one who didn’t sign into the company email with my personal phone and the other 4 had their phones wiped on the walk back to our building.

    The job was whatever, all of us found others soon enough. But I will never forget my middle manager boss who was let go and had his phone wiped and lost all the pictures saved on his phone of his kids (including his toddler that died a few years earlier) just **sobbing**.

    Note, this was many years ago after smartphones had come out, but before cloud storage was ubiquitous and automatic and free. Obviously he should have backed up his phone and/or not signed up to our email with the remote wipe ability, but still pretty sad…

  30. noodlespork February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Had a co-worker tell me about one of her previous jobs. Corporate and HR had required everyone meet at a neutral location for a business type luncheon. Upon arrival, the employees (300+) were split into 2 different rooms. The people in room A were told they were losing their jobs due to some loss of stocks and being forced to downsize but were being offered a sizeable severance. The people in room B were told they would be keeping their jobs but would also be taking the workload of those in room A. After the meeting, they all had to eat together as it was a requirement to be there.

  31. Unpracticalgaming February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Target, afternoon on a Saturday I go to punch in for electronic and the machine doesn’t take my team member ID after several tries.

    Douchebag higher up shows up and gives me a condescending “come over here”

    I get let go 4 days after already putting in my two week notice and they had already scheduled me for two weeks.

    Didn’t even give me a check just 800$ cash, not even hundreds but 20’s singles and change.

    They really can’t just call an employee or email them that they’re being let go, gotta go through all that BS.

  32. GuzziGirlV7 February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Not HR – happened to me. Went in for end-of-year review and was ambushed by HR VP, company president and two VPs, all of whom proceeded to tell me in great detail for about an hour how much I sucked and how much all my coworkers thought I sucked. The had stories from each colleague (small company) that claimed happened over the course of the year – I was never informed about any of them nor given a chance to defend myself. Was absolutely humiliating and I sat there crying through it. Was told to go home for the day, come back tomorrow and at some point over the next couple of weeks, I would be told my last day.
    I left, called my parents crying, decided to clean myself up and returned to the office an hour later like nothing had happened. I kept showing up day and after day (while reaching out to my professional network and also slowly cleaning our office and cleaning up files) for the entire month of January. HR finally pulled me into office early February and said, Last day … leave and make arrangements to come back to clean out office, clean up files and turn in key. My response left them dumbstruck: Office is cleaned out, all files uploaded to shared drive & I’ll give you a flash drive, here’s my key.
    Then I skipped out of the office, spent the rest of the week playing tourist at museums, then got busy on a new career and life that continues to be more amazing than I ever thought possible.

  33. Geepandjagger February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    We had a company downsizing a few years ago and the company was looking to find ways of getting rid of people without paying redundancy. Basically find any possible miss conduct issues and fire people. We had quite a few internet misuse cases but one guy who had been at the company for 15 years was called into the office for running a gambling syndicate on company property. He was screwed over because this gambling syndicate he had run was a fantasy sports league that basically the whole company played from managers to junior staff. He was fired in a meeting by a number of managers that had all been playing the fantasy league every year. Also i will point out he ran the league in his own time so before and after he clocked in and during breaks.

  34. Buddha1812 February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I was not the HR for this company: small tech company owned by a old guy and a young guy who prided himself on never doing dishes “ he had a maid”. They made an announcement that there was a party in our conference room and had everyone shuffle over. The party turned out to me a mass lay off of everyone and their final checks. Outsourced it was inside shutting down all the computers and pulling power cables so no one could do any damage. The back story: they went to buy the competition, the competition whipped out their check book and bought them on the spot.

  35. chill_onehitter February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I worked for a company for two years, got asked to relocate to run a department in a satellite store about two and a half hours away. Laid me off with no notice after six months; “We’ve decided to go in a different direction.” No complaints about the work I did, got a bit of severance and a glowing letter of recommendation but it screwed me pretty good for a while.

  36. asonuvagun February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    EA made me work a double shift on Thanksgiving Day.

    At the end of the shift, as I left, they fired me.

    Fuck that company.

  37. Tigergirl1975 February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Obligatory not in HR, but one of my best friends.

    We worked together in a call center. Place was awful. Well, she got really sick. Life threateningly sick. She was in the hospital for 9 weeks, and then was on disability for a while. She was on FMLA, and was keeping the company informed of all doctor’s orders. She found out she lost her job when she went to fill a prescription and her insurance was denied. They didn’t bother to tell her, they just cancelled her insurance.

    I left shortly before they did that, and it was a good thing. Because I would have flipped on HR had I been there.

  38. illtakeamulli February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I was HR, in the benefits department. We wrapped up open enrollment, I wrapped up all of our billing for our vendors for the year, was called in to the directors office, and told I had 4 weeks. Luckily, I had a job interview later that week. I was told that I would get a severance, learned I got the new job, to start in a week. I told my boss and she told me congrats! But you won’t get your severance. Bullshit.

  39. Muzzy637 February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    HR are the ones screwing people over. For no fucking reason.

    1) I’m on a job site covered in fucking mud. I submit a laundry bill for 11 pounds (I spent a couple hours doing coin op laundry). They refuse to pay it, because I get a field pay bonus. I said “this is fucking ridiculous.” And talked to my PM and he escalated it further, and HR has agreed to pay my laundry bill in “this one special circumstance.”

    2) Another situation at the same company: company has authorized overtime pay for hours over 45 for salaried employees. I start working 50 hours a week. HR sits me down and tell me I need to limit my hours to 45 hours, because I am an exempt employee and they won’t pay overtime.

    What the actual fuck?

  40. lemonsoapgirl February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I tend to notice a lot of people get fired shortly after becoming disabled whether it be long-term or short-term. Of course they can’t say it’s because the disability so they’ll make up a lie saying they violated a coupon policy or just not performing well.

  41. Wryfox February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Local company went bankrupt. Bank took over ownership, had Sheriff evict all employees next morning. Bank reps then put chains on the doors. Nobody allowed back in. A few months later bank hired auction company to sell assets. I went to auction. Each office was sold complete, with each door numbered. If you won an office they gave you the key and you had to take everything out that day. It made me sick to see these offices the same as the day the company closed. Coats on hangers, family photos, personal possessions, work folders and papers on desks, as if they’d just gone out to lunch. Horrible what they did to those workers. Everyone there was horrified, thought it had to be illegal, but no it very much happened.

    Property was sold too and turns out company had been dumping chemicals out back for decades, so even new owner got screwed too, to tune of millions for cleanup.

  42. GhostAloe February 12, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I worked for a pretty large pharmaceutical research company with multiple locations across the US. We acted as a 3rd party entity that carried out clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies by having participants stay in-house while testing medications (from a single weekend to months at a time, depending on the study).

    We went through some difficulties financially because of a huge mistake made by the staff of one location which cast doubt on our documentation processes and resulted in losing a number of large clients to competing entities. For months, hundreds of staff barely got by with minimum hours. Part-time employees were reduced to 8 hours in a pay period, full-timers were coming in to do janitorial duties just to fill time. Every single employee was told, repeatedly, that “next month” was going to be busy, that studies were being scheduled and pretty soon we’d have more work than we knew what to do with. The “family” atmosphere of the job was milked for all it was worth, with guilt being cast on staff who wished to leave. Employees were told not to look for other work, even though some were leaving to other jobs just to pay the bills. Those who left were made to feel like traitors.

    One day, after months of this, all of the employees currently in the building were called to a conference room around 4:30pm and informed that, as of 5pm (in 30 minutes), there would no longer be a company. At my location, there were almost 400 employees, all laid off. There was no HR department to follow-up with about back pay or PTO, the company itself was gone and everything with it. Employees had to work through a court-appointed trustee over the course of the next 6 months in order to access their last paychecks and 401ks. Participants who were currently involved in studies, who had taken medications and spent time in-house, were told to go home, and were not paid. There was no one for them to contact.

    Many employees, trusting that work was coming in shortly, had been living off of savings for months. They were left high and dry, and there were suddenly hundreds of individuals looking for jobs in the same field within the same town. It was a rough time.

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