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Abusive Employer

Discussion in 'Work and Financial Problems' started by crumbum, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. crumbum

    crumbum Well-Known Member

    I have been employed with the same company for 9 years now. I'm a good employee, clients love me because I'm professional and thorough. The problem is that management, despite my work ethic, is cutting my hours more and more the past few years because my loyalty to the company has resulted in annual pay raises. Their philosophy, like so many other large corporations these days, is to hire under people and pay close to minimum wage for warm bodies who aren't profession or thorough. I've had several clients complain to me about it, and I find myself apologizing for my company on a regular basis. About a month ago I got brave and wrote a four page letter that I copied into an email outlining my frustration with the new employees I'm forced to work with and the lack of hours I'm getting and basically called them out on their bullshit. When I received no reply from my branch manager I forwarded the email to my HR representative. It has been three weeks since then, and I've left several messages for HR and no call or email back. In the meantime my hours have been cut even more without explanation to the point where I can barely make my rent. I do have a union but they also do not return calls. I get the feeling that they are really in it with my company and have some sort of backroom deal. This isn't the first time I've been punished by my employer for sticking up for myself or for others that work for my company. It has happened twice before with horrible results for me. I've thought about litigation but I really can't afford that, and the lawyers I've consulted with in the past have basically told me that in this state corporations can do just about anything and get away with it. It's a very depressing situation because I really like my job and the clients I work for really love me and are pretty bummed that they get to work with me less and less the last few years. I looked into it and I (theoretically) could quit my job and still get unemployment as long as I can prove that my employer has cut my wages by 20%. The problem with this is that I don't really believe it. My company will find a loophole and fight me on this and given the corporate friendly culture of the state I live in I just feel that I would get screwed out of unemployment if I tried to do it that way. I really don't want to leave my job, lose my benefits etc. I'm really not in a stable frame of mind lately anyway, and I haven't been unemployed in a long time and I remember how much more horrible it feels to be unemployed. But at this point I just want out of this horrible company who continually disrespects me, lies to me, and punishes me when I try to stick up for myself. Half the time I want to just quit and walk away. Half of the time I want to find a way to fight fight fight. It's tearing me apart. I don't know what to do and I don't have any friends or family so there's no one to talk to about this. I just feel so alone and so confused and I wish there was just someone to tell me what to do.
  2. Brian777

    Brian777 Safety and Support SF Artist SF Supporter

    Hi Crumbum, I'm sorry you are being treated like this by a company you've been loyal to for many years. I don't know of anything really that would make a difference, too many businesses are being run this way. All I can think of is asking your good customers to voice their opinions to management about receiving excellent service from you and substandard from the newer employees. Maybe if they hear complaints from the clients they'll "wake up". Welcome to the forum, you now have people here and are no longer alone. Good luck and take care of yourself.
  3. DrownedFishOnFire

    DrownedFishOnFire Seeing is Believing Forum Pro SF Supporter

    Sorry that you are going through this as my company's kind of the same thing getting new bodies and losing the good staff putting the burden on the experienced seasoned staff to make things run smoother or iron out all of the mess up or laziness in the job.

    Regarding on your letter to the HR. Sounds like a huge corporation, if you love your job just do the best you can do and make sure you cross your t's and dot the i's before clocking out for the day and use that pent up frustration elsewhere like excerising, walking, videogames etc. I love my job but the administration and I are not exactly best buds at the moment.
  4. may71

    may71 Well-Known Member

    You may want to look into vocational rehabilitation in your state. They might be able to help you work out the problems with your current job, or make the transition to a new one.
  5. Claire_from_Canada

    Claire_from_Canada Well-Known Member

    You wouldn't believe how similar your situation is to mine. After 11 years with the same company, I have been hung out to dry. Not in favour of newer, cheaper, less competent people as in your case. To someone who produces numbers in an unethical, manipulative way. Unfortunately I work for that person. I have always been a company person, believing in the legacy of our combined history and the values we hold dear. As such, even when I was asked to work for this person, I made no complaints. I worked my butt off daily to help ensure the success of our team. Now, a couple of years later, that person no longer needs my help, values my input or wants my advice. Over the last year my hours have been cut back by 50% to the bare minimum for my position. As if that isn't enough, my boss has developed the attitude that anything I say about work is negative and insubordinate. Other than acknowledging that I understood instructions, I gave up speaking in meetings at all months ago. That didn't help. My boss had one of my coworkers go to HR to report that I was being insubordinate and that it really bothered them to work with me. Even though the other person in the meeting defended me, HR did not even talk to them. HR just agreed with my boss that I should be reprimanded. My company has taken the side of my boss as they are more expensive to replace than I am. Anything I say to demonstrate my point is just my negative, insubordinate attitude talking.

    I would love to be able to quit and move on. At the same time, it infuriates me to be pushed out by someone so unscrupulous after all that I have worked for over the years. It's a rude awakening to realize that while the company may have a common history and values, the people employed by it do not. Or at least the ones dealing with this situation do not. I have had the opportunity to work for many people over the years, and most of them really good bosses. It is such a shame that a few bad apples have infiltrated and are now spoiling the whole barrel.

    This is where I am at the moment as well. Knowing that the person I work for will not change, and that neither HR nor my bosses boss will do anything about the situation until someone can prove illegal actions are taking place. So far, my boss is excellent at covering his tracks in this regard, so it may never happen.

    Know that you're not alone!
  6. sassy123

    sassy123 Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    Hugs my boss is such a jerk my company is not the place I started at either I cant stand what they have done to us and HR they can go to hell they are useless they do nothing to help us anymore they send us off to no mans land. My company used to care about us now they could care less. I have worked there way too many years then you get a boss who doesn't know half of what you do and treats you like shit and says things that a boss just not say. Management has just ruined my company with their poor decisions . Moving us to where none of us wants to be. Getting us into an industry we know nothing about get a clue and value your long time employees because the new ones are a bunch of lazy twits. Hugs sorry about your issues with your companies
  7. SillyOldBear

    SillyOldBear Teddy Bear Fanatic Staff Alumni

    I work for a shit-ass company too. A finance company that finances door-to-door sales. CEO's wife is an absolute back-stabber. My manager can be nice, but constantly goes back on his word. They hire people who no one else wants. Like me. Too old to be any good any where else. A few years ago they actually sent out an email explaining the difference between to, too, and two. Staff is too dumb to know the difference. I sit near a registered sex offender. Management loves him. He is an arrogant turd. But management thinks he is humble. But he's a great butt kisser. The wages and insurance they provide are horrid. Hardly anyone stays there for long.

    I wish all of us could find something better. But these days the in thing seems to be lousy jobs and lousy employers.
  8. Emma bella

    Emma bella Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry to hear all that. I can relate to so much of the crap u have suffered. They treat people so poorly don't they. I send you some solidarity but I know how gut wrenching and horrible it feels when u know u r not beingredients treated in a decent way.