Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What would you do if you lost your job right before Christmas? You know, hypothetically.



Let's pretend that you work for a struggling little Non Profit company. You get to be office manager.

Now let's pretend that a government grant for a lot of money, one you were depending on, doesn't come in. Even though it was promised. In writing.

And then let's say the Director comes up to you, and says "We couldn't meet payroll this month. And it's not looking good for the rest of the year. You aren't being fired. Let's call it a...furlough."

Right before Christmas.

And so that month you just worked? You did that for free.

And they only told you today.

What would you do?


35 comments:

viewfromdownhere said...

oh no...this happened to you??

Larissa said...

I'd demand payment for the month I worked, even if it had to come out of salaries they took for themselves, even if it had to come out of their personal money.

It's unacceptable.

And if they refused, I'd have an attorney I knew write a letter to them to demand the funds. Lots of times that works even without court.

Kristina P. said...

Punch them in the ovaries?

This sucks. I have worked in positions that are dependent on grants. And I have learned they are never guaranteed.

manysleeplessnights.com said...

I would totally go with Larissa. And, I'd bring her with me when I demanded payment. She sounds like the kinda girl that would cutabitch just because you asked her to :)

Larissa said...

If only I was admitted in PA...

... 'cause yeah. I'm like that.

MiMi said...

Just throwing a "what if" out there:
You went postal.

Larissa said...

You know, I understand a position not being guaranteed. Unless you're under contract, everyone's an "at will" employee and can be fired for any reason that isn't prohibited by law.

But not to be paid for work already done? No. Just no.

Jennifer Kay said...

Walk right up to your local courthouse and file a piece of paper that demands your month's wages. If you win then the company has to pay your $50 filing fee (or whatever they charge). It's called Small Claims Court and then you have to pay like an additional $25 for them to serve the paperwork to them.

the thrifty ba said...

oh honey...im sorry.
on the up side-more time to shred it up and look hot for the holidays! (between the shred and starving, you will be way skinny!)
love you

JeanHasBeenShopping said...

You need to be paid. I like the advice re: courthouse. Do it!
Then, best of luck in your job search efforts.

Corinne said...

Ok so I really hope this did not just happen to you. Because holy cow. I would be quite the mess - as in...probably a pint of cheap-o ice cream with chocolate fudge, on sale christmas candy wrappers and probably really really really bad TV.
BUT, I also think the regardless of whether or not you are/were working for a Non Profit company you deserved to be paid for the time you put in. Even if it's less than you normally make. You aren't a volunteer...it's your job. And although you may hurt some people or "burn some bridges" in the process, you have to think/worry about you - because you have bills to be paid and you need to get food on your own table.
Sorry for the rant - but I think you should push/pursue what you need to so you get some sort of reimbursement for the time you worked.

Kimberly said...

what??? what????? No. No, no, no. I would FREAK OUT. I mean FREAK. But that's because I'm overly dramatic and overly emotional and easily set off. But still. NO!! I would totally pursue some way of getting paid, because that is just NOT RIGHT - whether they got the grant or no. URG! Now I'm all worked up for you. Man that sucks.

Smart Ass Sara said...

Hey- this actually happened to me! Yes, they have to pay your wages, so get your cute ass to the courthouse immediately and start the process. Second off- go to the unemployment office. You aren't fired.. but this is called a lay off- not a furlough because they can't tell you specifically when you are coming back. And then while you're at it, look for a new job. This is the first sign of everything going down the shitter. :)

Beka said...

Shoot.
That would utterly SUCK.
My sympathies and everythang plus a good espresso to that person.

Chantel said...

yikes!... will the grant be coming? Ever? I know your boss is your bishop, but he should understand that that isn't right. You need the money to survive.

If there was a way to guarantee when you would get paid for the work you did then maybe I'd say wait. I don't know. That's hard.

Have you prayed about it?

Kimberly said...

Hypothetically I would go bat shit and proceed to kick said director in the nuts or whatever junkage they carry in between their legs then I'd hire me a lawyer.
They can't just not pay you. That's against the law. Unless you signed something like "Hi I'm Helena and I agree to work my ass off this month and not get paid for it" and I doubt you did.
Time to break out the shit kicking boots.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I'd have lots of fantasies about pay back. And I'd send out resumes.

Corrine said...

Hypothetically... I would cry... then be mad... then get even! Good thing state laws require them to pay you for your wages and they may even be required to pay other emotional stress and any late fees you may have incurred from not receiving your pay. Then I would hold my head high clean out my desk and file for unemployment as well as search high and low for a dependable job! But thats all just hypothetically of course! :)

tsonodablog said...

Well, I'm hoping you're just asking hypothetically, but if not, then I'm sending good wishes your way and telling you that I've been in the same boat and you do survive. Best wishes either way!

Terri

Alexandria Rammell said...

oh man. sunday will be awkward...or every sunday. I just cant see him screwing you like that. he knows we are poor dental students. holidays is a good time to pick up holiday jobs...after that, Id become a stripper. they make good money!! kidding aside...im sorry!!!

Dixie Mom said...

After a brief meltdown, I would start job hunting. Sorry for the hypothetical person in the hypothetical story.

Jenn said...

Yeah, this is...hypothetically, of course...awful. I like Smart Ass Sara's advice.

I want to know when they found out the grant wasn't coming...before or after you worked this whole last month.

I hope they sort this out and you get paid!

The Empress said...

Oh, shit.

shittity shittity shit.

shit.

First? I'd go see "morning glory" where a pretty young thing like you gets canned.
And see what she does.

You'll love the movie. With Rachel Adams/McAdams whatever...Ryan Gosslings' too cute ex.

diques1018 said...

hypothetically, 4 words - 'same shxt, different year. (sorry)

Lady Jennie said...

I would surrender it.

This comes from a woman who spent hours and hours on the phone with an online travel agency that cheated us out of $900, although the Indian workers who handled the phones were not responsible for it and I would yell at them things like "How can you live with yourself?"

This also comes from a woman who swore at the ice cream vendor at the Eiffel Tower, 9 months pregnant, as husband inched away.

I'd surrender it.

Tara : Damon said...

I'd do small claims court as well, they do lawfully have to pay you somehow, if you've already worked the hours. sucks that your boss is the 'shop, i didn't know that. may be awkward afterwards, but you like awkward! i'd just let him know that you'll be pursuing legal action to get paid for the month no matter what, and yeah, start looking around for something else! in the meantime, christmas crafting!!! and chat with me on gchat all day, cause all i do is sit around on my unemployed rear all day.

Van said...

Hypothetically.... :)

Like everyone has suggested, they have a legal obligation to pay you. Pursue it. It's definitely a small claims court issue, do not contact EEOC (equal employment opportunity coalition or something like that) because HYPOTHETICALLY I may have contacted them before and they only help with discrimination cases on the basis of age, sex, religion, etc.

Though they did age discriminate, hypothetically, by saying age discrimination cases were for people of a certain age or older.

I hope everything works our for you. Honestly, the next thing I would do is peruse unemployment and enjoy the time off. I miss having time off.

Shauna said...

I would more than freak out! But like everyone else has said you need to take action, you are entitled to what you have earned. On finding another job, PRAY! God will take care of you and Kurt during this time!

LyndaB said...

I'm an old veteran of contract work, so here's what I don't understand... someone up that chain is in charge of funding. The way it's supposed to work (and supposed to be in the contract this way to protect you from exactly this) is that you don't DO work unless the funding is already there to pay for it. While a lost grant would lose future employment you and your boss shouldn't have been still doing work if the means to pay for it wasn't yet secured.

If you wind up having to fight for what they owe you (and they have a legal obligation to pay for it, even if it means selling off office supplies to do so), you may want to look into how the decision was made to carry on working when it wasn't yet clear how it would be paid for. Even the government shuts down if the funding hasn't gone through yet. NO ONE is expected to have to gamble on whether or not they'll get paid for labor they've already offered.

Shell said...

OMG. You poor thing! That is horrible. :(

I really hope that you are able to find something soon.

janimal said...

Oh no! I am so sorry. Hang in there. How awful. :-(

cornflakegirl74 said...

Oh.

My.

God.

That totally sucks, girl :( I'm so very sorry. Here's hoping there's better news for you in the near future.

JoJo said...

Slap someone. Then flash people for cash to buy the rest of the holiday gifts.

Seriously though what bitches! Who does that?!

Sara said...

I'd put on my assless chaps and start throwing elbows like Xtina.

That is one giant bucket of suck and while I don't know you, I'm incredibly sorry to hear this happened to you.

And hey, the assless chaps could also prove useful at home. You know, if you're into that.

tulpen said...

What would I do?

You mean after I drank a case of wine right?

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