I came up with the idea of writing a story in March of 2007. March 13, 2007 to be exact. That was the day I was fired (wrongfully) from my job. A job that I had put my heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into. I was devastated. I was the only breadwinner as my husband had been fighting health problems for the two years prior. I didn’t make a lot of money but, it allowed me to pay my bills and take care of my family. That was, to me, a blessing. So, when my new boss called me in and fired me, I felt as if my whole world had been torn from me. How was I supposed to provide for my family? What was I going to do? I went home and filed for unemployment, called HR and cashed in my 401k, and put a call in to the head of HR to fight the termination. All the time I was doing this, I felt as though someone had beaten me up and left me for dead. The thing that bothered me most was the reason I was given for this life altering decision.
He told me I was terminated for a Code of Ethics violation. I was FURIOUS. I took great pride in the fact that I was an honest, hardworking person and this … person was telling me in not so many words, that I was not. What bothered me the most about this was not the fact that I’d been fired (although that was bad enough), but that I was fired for an ethics violation that A) Was untrue and B) He a man who falsified company documents, left the bank unarmed, left the safety deposit vault OPEN … could stand there and look me in the eye and tell me he had to fire me because I wasn’t honest with him?!!! Then, to top it all off, this idiot (who fired me because he claimed I didn’t follow policy and lied about it), who, as a manager was supposed to watch me clear out my desk, get my keys and vault combos, went into his office and hid. I had to give him my keys. Then, a few weeks later, he fired a woman who’d given eighteen years of service to the company (he’d only been with the company a year. A month at our branch), because she didn’t put a hold on a “on us” check. And HR ALLOWED IT! The reason that is so bad is because the bank’s system won’t allow you to put a hold on an “on us” check. It will ask for a hold on anything over $5,000 but, when you punch in the ABA or routing number and the system recognizes that it’s one of our checks, it won’t allow you to put a hold on it. That’s what he fired her for & the company allowed it.
These are only a couple of the idiotic things he was allowed to get away with. I called several lawyers and none of them would even talk to me. They’re afraid to go up against the big corporation with the legal team they keep in their back pockets. So, here it is, nine months later, I’m still unemployed, have lost everything and he still has a job. I’ve always been honest, followed the rules, treated people with respect, worked my behind off and … for what? This person, who didn’t even know how to do his job (me and the other lady he fired helped him so he wouldn’t look bad), is sitting high on the hog with a job and can take care of his family. I have to say I can honestly see why some people snap and go “postal.” It doesn’t pay to be a good person anymore. That’s the message they’re sending out there by allowing this kind of behavior.
So now, while he has a happy holiday, complete with all of the trimmings, my boys don’t get to have a Christmas … at all. We don’t even have the money to drive to our hometown to spend Christmas with our family. My boys are great and say things like “Don’t worry Mom, we’re older now and we understand that you would get us stuff if you could.” … which makes it even worse. I have prayed, I have screamed, I have cried until my eyes are raw. I am so depressed, it is actually difficult to breathe sometimes. All because someone in a position of authority abused his position. He literally destroyed our world without a second thought.