As you can imagine, I was pretty taken back after receiving the phone call telling me that I had cancer. Well, to add to this, I was told that they did not know what kind of cancer and my biopsy had to be sent to the Mayo Clinic to find out what type of cancer I had.
My (former) employer told me to take the week off to be with my daughter and family and we would make a plan when I had more information so I did just that not worried about losing my job.
I spent the next week with my daughter, neices, sister and parents. We swam, had sleep overs and spent lots of fun family time together. However I had so much going on in my head it was very difficult not to tell my daughter what was going on.
Then, I had a candid talk with my employer because he said that after talking with his attorney he found it was best to terminate me and I should sell my house and apply for SSDI right away because I was going to have more medical bills than I could ever imagine. WOW! This was a shocker especially because I was ready to get back to work and focus on moving forward while I waited to find out what type of cancer I actually had and create a treatment plan.
After much though, I called him up and brought up those facts and asked if I still had a job. He hesitantly replied “Yes I will always have a job with his companies.” So I went back to work and you could cut the tension in the office with a knife.
After a few days, he let me work ALL DAY before calling me in his office to tell me that he had another meeting with his attorney and he was sticking by his decision to terminate. When I asked on what terms he was letting me go, he got extremely mad, turned beet red and started yelling at me saying that I had missed too much work and if he let me get away with that he’d have to allow everyone else. WHAT? I remained calm and asked him where he came up with all the days he claimed I missed and questioned his records 1. because I had started tracking when I was gone, how many hours I was working and the days/times I had made up for things like when my daughter was sick and I had to pick her up from school as well as all the days/nights/extra hours I put in doing others jobs because that’s the kind of employee I am. Even with the sick days and vacation days I was allowed and including the week I had taken off, I STILL had 8 more days off to use.
I calmly stood up and proceeded back to my desk to pack up my things while my assistant sat at her desk just feet away obviously very uncomfortable yet also glad to see me go because she was very obviously not happy that I was still there…I”m sure he had already promised her my position. While gathering my things (assistant still sitting at her desk), my employer came and stood in front of my desk and yelled “and if you think you’re going to fight me on this, I’d seriously reconsider!”
The assistant walked off at this point clearly uncomfortable and the AP/AR employee that was just around the corner never came out and said anything or bothered to check on me….we had become close as our children went to the same school. My other close coworker also never even bothered to mention anything to me or ask if I was okay.
I kept myself together never once raising my voice or otherwise and walked out of there with my dignity in tact despite the very wrong doings. I had much more important things to deal with than arrogant money hungry greedy male chauvinist pathetic excuse for a man.
It was time for me to move forward.