A very similar incident happened to me. I'm a certified legal assistant (staring nursing school
tomorrow) and several years ago, the HR manager w/ the firm with which I was employed, came to my office about 20 minutes prior to my normal departure time. I was informed that I 'needed to find another job'. Six weeks prior, I received a bonus and a small raise, as well as a great evaluation! I was told that basically it would reflect as if I left on my own terms & that I'd be given a good recommendation! Well, I later found out that they hired some new employees for $10 an hour!!!! (Btw, I was not the only person who had to get another job.). I'd been there almost five years. I was devastated, not to mention, shocked! Anyway, what had taken place just the weeks before was that I was asked by the same person that I needed to 'do better w/ entering my time'. I was told that I needed to reword my time entries. Basically, they wanted me to bill our clients for secretarial work that our clients wouldn't pay for! For example, if I prepared a deposition notice, certain clients will not pay that as a legal assistant rate, and I was asked to reword it so that my time would be paid! That is extremely unethical! They wanted to put, 'prepare documents for upcoming deposition'. The problem w/ that is that this particular client clearly stated that they will NOT pay for deposition notices! Well, I told mr. HR person that I wasn't going to lie about my time, that it wasn't right! Soooo, you guessed it...time to look for another job!