I Won!!!!!

  1. Remember me from "I got canned" ? Well, in a nutshell I was given the boot unexpectedly one day at the end of my shift from a hospital here in California that had decided to eliminate our CNA's as a form of punishing us for supporting the ratio law that had gone into effect.

    Numerous attempts to voice our concern over possible delays in treatment and the consequence to patient safety and dissatisfaction over timely interventions fell either on deaf ears or the DON would state " if you don't like it, there's the door!" . Further, it was discovered that the CNA's were told they must sign letters of resignation because their positions were no longer required.

    I was vocal and supportive of our CNA's and assured many of them that they did not have to sign anything! I continued to also support my fellow nurses with bed baths, linen changes and lifting heavy patients, in short we buddied up to make things easier for the patients. An email had been circulating that stated the facts in regards to the elimination of our CNA's and our concerns which I received and forwarded to a co worker and then deleted it. I was told verbally that I was being terminated for "inciting insubordination of a critical nature" and graciously turned in my badge, left and promptly filed for unemployment.

    This butcher shop told EDD that I had violated a "reasonable employer rule" and had been discharged for misconduct. Thanks to all of your kind words of advice, I appealed and met with the HR director and a judge. This was a very nerve wracking experience and I had to wait for 2 weeks to await my fate.

    They RULED IN MY FAVOR!!!! Now, my question is, do I persue this farther and go to the Labor Board? I was apparently the only person to have been fired over this technicality : using the email for personal solicitation. In the past I have received emails that advertised a yard sale, a baby shower etc. yet HR acknowledged that these folks had never even gotten a warning, let alone been fired as I was. Is this discrimination?
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Thunderwolf
    Congrats to you...congrats, congrats.
    You are one of my heros for today.
    Thank you for sharing.
  4. by   mandykal
    Go all the way......these companies nowadays think they can do what they please......"HELL NO!" :angryfire
  5. by   lossforimagination
    Go for it! Call the US Dept of Labor. Call the news. They deserve every fight they get. All those CNAs forced to sign resignation letters deserve apologies and unemployment checks at the very least.




    Quote from Haunted
    Remember me from "I got canned" ? Well, in a nutshell I was given the boot unexpectedly one day at the end of my shift from a hospital here in California that had decided to eliminate our CNA's as a form of punishing us for supporting the ratio law that had gone into effect.

    Numerous attempts to voice our concern over possible delays in treatment and the consequence to patient safety and dissatisfaction over timely interventions fell either on deaf ears or the DON would state " if you don't like it, there's the door!" . Further, it was discovered that the CNA's were told they must sign letters of resignation because their positions were no longer required.

    I was vocal and supportive of our CNA's and assured many of them that they did not have to sign anything! I continued to also support my fellow nurses with bed baths, linen changes and lifting heavy patients, in short we buddied up to make things easier for the patients. An email had been circulating that stated the facts in regards to the elimination of our CNA's and our concerns which I received and forwarded to a co worker and then deleted it. I was told verbally that I was being terminated for "inciting insubordination of a critical nature" and graciously turned in my badge, left and promptly filed for unemployment.

    This butcher shop told EDD that I had violated a "reasonable employer rule" and had been discharged for misconduct. Thanks to all of your kind words of advice, I appealed and met with the HR director and a judge. This was a very nerve wracking experience and I had to wait for 2 weeks to await my fate.

    They RULED IN MY FAVOR!!!! Now, my question is, do I persue this farther and go to the Labor Board? I was apparently the only person to have been fired over this technicality : using the email for personal solicitation. In the past I have received emails that advertised a yard sale, a baby shower etc. yet HR acknowledged that these folks had never even gotten a warning, let alone been fired as I was. Is this discrimination?
  6. by   Tweety
    Congrats and good luck in whatever you do!
  7. by   dazzle256
    Quote from Haunted
    Remember me from "I got canned" ? Well, in a nutshell I was given the boot unexpectedly one day at the end of my shift from a hospital here in California that had decided to eliminate our CNA's as a form of punishing us for supporting the ratio law that had gone into effect.

    Numerous attempts to voice our concern over possible delays in treatment and the consequence to patient safety and dissatisfaction over timely interventions fell either on deaf ears or the DON would state " if you don't like it, there's the door!" . Further, it was discovered that the CNA's were told they must sign letters of resignation because their positions were no longer required.

    I was vocal and supportive of our CNA's and assured many of them that they did not have to sign anything! I continued to also support my fellow nurses with bed baths, linen changes and lifting heavy patients, in short we buddied up to make things easier for the patients. An email had been circulating that stated the facts in regards to the elimination of our CNA's and our concerns which I received and forwarded to a co worker and then deleted it. I was told verbally that I was being terminated for "inciting insubordination of a critical nature" and graciously turned in my badge, left and promptly filed for unemployment.

    This butcher shop told EDD that I had violated a "reasonable employer rule" and had been discharged for misconduct. Thanks to all of your kind words of advice, I appealed and met with the HR director and a judge. This was a very nerve wracking experience and I had to wait for 2 weeks to await my fate.

    They RULED IN MY FAVOR!!!! Now, my question is, do I persue this farther and go to the Labor Board? I was apparently the only person to have been fired over this technicality : using the email for personal solicitation. In the past I have received emails that advertised a yard sale, a baby shower etc. yet HR acknowledged that these folks had never even gotten a warning, let alone been fired as I was. Is this discrimination?
    Congrats !!! And Thank You!! Helps us all when someone stands up for themselves and fellow employees
  8. by   TracyB,RN
    Rock On!!!!!!!!!
  9. by   toadie
    :hatparty: :hatparty:
    congats to u!!!!!!! in a case like this u have to purue to the fullest extent. this will help ensure fairness to those CNA who work there and those who will work there.
  10. by   jaimealmostRN
    You're awesome!!!!!!!!! Congrats on your (and your co-workers) success! I agree, go all the way.....I see a future in lobbying for you Haunted!
  11. by   virmm1
    Congradulations!! Its nice to know that justice prevails at times. Please take that ball and run with it. The CNAs deserve an unemployment check too.
  12. by   UM Review RN
    First, congratulations!! There aren't many of us who could've dared stand up for what's right like you did.

    Second, to answer your question:

    Now, my question is, do I persue this farther and go to the Labor Board? I was apparently the only person to have been fired over this technicality : using the email for personal solicitation.
    I think you've shown that you have good instincts. If it was me, I'd have to try to figure out what I would gain over what I could lose. So whichever side weighs the heaviest, that's what I'd do.

    Best wishes, whatever you decide. And remember, you've already won something that many of us wouldn't have dared to pursue. I'll remember this story when I need to speak up over something.

    Very inspiring!

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