Terminated from my PerDiem Job... Need to vent

  1. So, when I left my last job (FT at an outpatient specialty clinic), I was asked by my supervisor if I would like to stay on per-diem. I made it clear to them that I would, but that I would have limited availability during the school year, but would be willing to do 1 day per week during July and August. The supervisor told me that would be totally fine, and we put through the paperwork. I provided them with an entire week of days to come in at the end of August to train in the departments I did not cover and a list of available days every month with the exception of September and March. I never heard anything so in early October, I emailed the scheduler to make sure they knew I was still available. Suddenly, on Monday, Nov 5th, I could no longer access my email for that job. I called IT and they stated I was listed as inactive, but that could be caused by any number of reasons and to contact my manager. My supervisor is out on maternity leave, so I emailed the practice manager right away, but didn't hear back. On Saturday, I received mail from my retirement acct manager from that job with a letter starting with "Now that you've decided to leave your employer...." Today, I received an email from the PM stating that they tried to offer me time in October but I never responded, so they off boarded me.... But I never got a phone call, email, or text from anyone. Now, I'm locked out of my email there so I can't prove this. And, on top of that, I'm out $10,000 in retirement money since I wouldn't be vested until the middle of December. I am PO'd. I can't help but feel like this was retaliatory because I was outspoken about a ballot-measure in our state that was not in agreement with the Hospital system's views.........
    So, lesson learned. Once you go per-diem, make sure you always CC your home email address on all communication.
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  3. by   Farawyn
    Quote from k1p1ssk
    So, when I left my last job (FT at an outpatient specialty clinic), I was asked by my supervisor if I would like to stay on per-diem. I made it clear to them that I would, but that I would have limited availability during the school year, but would be willing to do 1 day per week during July and August. The supervisor told me that would be totally fine, and we put through the paperwork. I provided them with an entire week of days to come in at the end of August to train in the departments I did not cover and a list of available days every month with the exception of September and March. I never heard anything so in early October, I emailed the scheduler to make sure they knew I was still available. Suddenly, on Monday, Nov 5th, I could no longer access my email for that job. I called IT and they stated I was listed as inactive, but that could be caused by any number of reasons and to contact my manager. My supervisor is out on maternity leave, so I emailed the practice manager right away, but didn't hear back. On Saturday, I received mail from my retirement acct manager from that job with a letter starting with "Now that you've decided to leave your employer...." Today, I received an email from the PM stating that they tried to offer me time in October but I never responded, so they off boarded me.... But I never got a phone call, email, or text from anyone. Now, I'm locked out of my email there so I can't prove this. And, on top of that, I'm out $10,000 in retirement money since I wouldn't be vested until the middle of December. I am PO'd. I can't help but feel like this was retaliatory because I was outspoken about a ballot-measure in our state that was not in agreement with the Hospital system's views.........
    So, lesson learned. Once you go per-diem, make sure you always CC your home email address on all communication.
    THIS SUCKS.
    I'm sorry that your outspokenness may have caused them to push you out.
    Contact HR.
  4. by   LikeTheDeadSea
    Sending you virtual hugs.
  5. by   NutmeggeRN
    Ughh that is awful!!
  6. by   MHDNURSE
    I am so sorry- that is terrible!! Hood advice about the IT stuff. I know at my job, they don't mess around. We had a staff member meet with principal to resign and was escorted out an hour later. I emailed her to say good luck and her account was already inactive!
  7. by   BunnyBunnyBSNRN
    That stinks! Wish I had better words...
  8. by   MHDNURSE
    Curious, can you ask them to send you documentation of those emails and other times they "tried to contact you"?
  9. by   OldDude
    It couldn't hurt to contact HR as Far mentioned above, in an email or in writing, and state you received no communication from them on the subject and would like for HR to clear the misunderstanding so you can continue your employment with the organization. If you send something in writing, send it certified. If no luck it'll be worth it, monetarily, for you to hire an attorney. I would not walk quietly away from this one...
  10. by   k1p1ssk
    I am working on formulating an email back to the practice manager. I want to make it clear that it is highly unlikely that I missed communication from anyone as I was diligently checking my work email address explicitly to make sure I didn't miss anything. I'm trying not to blame her specifically, as she really doesn't have anything to do with the scheduling, but I am sure she knows more about this than she's letting on.
  11. by   scuba nurse
    You can contact HR but I doubt they will back you...they are NOT on your side. Also, there will be no way to prove you didn't get any messages., they will just keep saying that you did not answer, they will blame it all on you. I know so many nurses who were for YES on question 1, but had to "keep quiet" about it because their hospital was all for NO, and HUGE signs were posted everywhere on the hospital campus to vote NO. It is truly sad that you can't have a say in political issues, especially when they affect you. It just proves that money can buy an election and just about anything else.
  12. by   OldDude
    Quote from k1p1ssk
    I am working on formulating an email back to the practice manager. I want to make it clear that it is highly unlikely that I missed communication from anyone as I was diligently checking my work email address explicitly to make sure I didn't miss anything. I'm trying not to blame her specifically, as she really doesn't have anything to do with the scheduling, but I am sure she knows more about this than she's letting on.
    I would only address how to correct "their" misunderstanding and how to get you back on the schedule. It appears you haven't received anything referencing a "termination from employment." So go with your representation to them it was a mistake and simply needs to be undone so you can go to work. In other words, don't play all your cards at once. If no luck, go the the next step of demanding proof of their attempts to contact you...last resort - attorney.
  13. by   Farawyn
    Quote from k1p1ssk
    I am working on formulating an email back to the practice manager. I want to make it clear that it is highly unlikely that I missed communication from anyone as I was diligently checking my work email address explicitly to make sure I didn't miss anything. I'm trying not to blame her specifically, as she really doesn't have anything to do with the scheduling, but I am sure she knows more about this than she's letting on.
    I agree with the certified letter. An an attorney. This is 10k.
  14. by   Farawyn
    Quote from scuba nurse
    You can contact HR but I doubt they will back you...they are NOT on your side. Also, there will be no way to prove you didn't get any messages., they will just keep saying that you did not answer, they will blame it all on you. I know so many nurses who were for YES on question 1, but had to "keep quiet" about it because their hospital was all for NO, and HUGE signs were posted everywhere on the hospital campus to vote NO. It is truly sad that you can't have a say in political issues, especially when they affect you. It just proves that money can buy an election and just about anything else.
    This whole thing makes me sick.

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