Employee Forced to Take Vacation Time to Use Bathroom, Fired Over 12 Cent Error

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    Pregnant T-Mobile Employee Forced to Take Vacation Time to Use Bathroom, Fired Over 12 Cent Error

    Don't you dare relieve a basic biological need on company time!

    ... Rifkin’s supervisor asked her to get a doctor’s note saying she needed to fulfill a basic biological necessity. “And my doctor thought I was crazy,” Rifkin writes. “She told me, ‘I’m sure one person going to the toilet wouldn’t mean the collapse of an entire T-Mobile customer service center!’” However crazy the idea, Rifkin got the note to satisfy her employer.
    But that wasn’t enough for the bosses. Rifkin’s supervisors asked her to clock out everytime she used the restroom, effectively punishing a pregnant employee for being pregnant. Rifkin needed every penny, so she continued eating and drinking less, and even used vacation time to use the restroom.
    Seven weeks before she gave birth to baby boy on May 14, 2010, Rifkin went on the Family Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to provide up to twelve-weeks of unpaid leave to eligible employees.

    A month and a half after she returned to work, Rifkin says she was fired, allegedly due to an uncharacteristic error that cost T-Mobile 12 cents. She received no severance and pays for all her medical expenses on her own. ...

    http://www.alternet.org/labor/pregna...-12-cent-error
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    There has to be some protection and rights for T-Mobile...
    they didn't give her permission to get pregnant and were probably not happy about the inconvenience and expense.

    *please notice tongue in cheek*
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    Wow, that's even worse than getting fired for being mentally ill.......
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    It's a sad story. Also the fact that some direct supervisor had a part in all this - couldn't they see how cruel it was and turned a blind eye for the bathroom breaks?

    In the absence of unions I suppose all the rest of us can do is avoid T Mobile like the plague.
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    I worked with a family where the spouse worked at a local retail store while the partner was dying.
    The store HOUNDED her about having a phone on the floor, getting calls from her spouse, etc.
    Some companies have NO compassion for their staff...NONE...it is all about the dollar.
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    If this is true, it's horrible. I'd be curious to see how much of it was true though. You do often see disgruntled employees who attack their former employers, make up stuff to make them look bad. I'm not saying this is the case, far from it. But it COULD be and I think it would be wise to not jump to conclusions...especially not on something that happened 3 years ago and probably has more documentation online somewhere!
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    Quote from uRNmyway
    If this is true, it's horrible. I'd be curious to see how much of it was true though. You do often see disgruntled employees who attack their former employers, make up stuff to make them look bad. I'm not saying this is the case, far from it. But it COULD be and I think it would be wise to not jump to conclusions...especially not on something that happened 3 years ago and probably has more documentation online somewhere!
    I appeciate scepticism.
    I once did have a job that i quit the very first day.
    I had been laid off from a retail job at Robinsons Department store when my pregnancy began to show. (daughter is now 45) Not wanting to work for my husband I took a job at a hot dog place place in a tourist area. Therre were two young women who were to take turns selling food at the window and preparing the food. When it was slow the owner sexually harrassed the other girl by literally chasing her around a table and trying to tickle her.
    I had to do both jobs. When it was busy we both were needed. After the first bust time i told him I needed to use the bathroom. he told me, "Not now". That continued for 8 hours.
    I told him I would not be back the next day because i need to use the bathroom at least once in 8 hours.
    He responded with a racial slur. The next day I reported him in writing to the State Employment Office where i had found the job. Later that day Robinsons called to ask if I would like to work for the lunch room washing dishes. They said their store couldn't have a pregnant woman working with the public.

    At the clinic where I went for prenatal care the RN was visibly pregnant.
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    Quote from tewdles
    I worked with a family where the spouse worked at a local retail store while the partner was dying.
    The store HOUNDED her about having a phone on the floor, getting calls from her spouse, etc.
    Some companies have NO compassion for their staff...NONE...it is all about the dollar.
    I have worked home hospice for almost two years now. I can't tell you how much better an understanding I have of how people in general live. My area includes upper middle class areas to trailer parks close to the city. It's been such an education in how we all live.
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    That is very true...any of the health care jobs where you visit people in their homes will give you a better than average perspective of the quality of life for average people in your area.

    I practiced in Ann Arbor and Detroit areas for a spell. The extremes of wealth and poverty were very evident.
    It is true her in AK as well, but there seems to be a larger "middle" range where lots of people live/exist similarly. That may be because many people choose to live VERY modestly, even primitively, in this area when they could afford something much "better".
    aknottedyarn and herring_RN like this.
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    Well, I see a lot of multi generational households too, in both the affluent and poor areas. Sometimes it's because the children want to take care of Mom or Dad and have them come to live with them. Sometimes it's the patient whose adult children have nowhere else to go.

    I work in two counties, one is pretty affluent, the other is not. I can see people in the mountains, the cutesy mountain town or the city. In the affluent county there are people who could live better if they wanted to. Anyway, it's a whole lot different to setting up a discharge plan in the hospital where every patient is more equalized, so to speak.

    It's been an eye opener I suppose because in most cases, the social circle you're in is pretty much in your income bracket so you don't ever see or notice "the others"
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