I didn’t state very clearly what was happening in the first post.. But here is a little more detail and what is happening.
It’s a small privately owned restaurant and I have been employed there since January, in that time I have never ghastly a day off (other than when the business is closed) nor have I had a sick day. The 3 times I was hospitalised for my severe morning sickness was when I was on annual leave ( so in my own time) whilst I was on annual leave my supervisor thought I was mad at her so she scratched all my shifts because I hadn’t attended a linen party at her home (due to being in hospital) but I wasn’t informed my shifts had been scratched.
I arrived for my shift on the rostered days only to be greeted with “oh so you are alive, well you have no shifts this week so you may as well go home”.
The next day she phoned and asked if I could come in asap to cover a 3 hour shift, I mentioned I was at an antenatal appointment and she hung up on me. Within minutes I received a text message saying ‘sorry but you have to work’ I replied telling her I couldn’t just leave my appointment and then I received another text ‘you are too unreliable and your behaviour is putting the business under pressure. At this time you will not be allocated anymore shifts’ the manner in which she speaks to me is very harsh, and she makes it very clear I’m a burden to her. She sort of apologised halfheartedly in a text today ‘sorry, lol empathy isn’t my strongpoint’.
I would like to reiterate that I have never had a sick day or called in sick on company time – I schedule appointments for in my own personal time. I was working 45hr weeks before I became pregnant and I would never say no to working a shift if someone called in sick – I feel I have proven myself to be a valuable and reliable employee and her behaviour towards me feels as if it’s more of a personal thing rather than business related.
At the moment, they have scratched all my shifts – and this was done without discussing or meeting with me, I have since contacted my union and the workplace ombudsman for advice on this matter.
Posted anonymously, 19th August 2014