Denied Vacation, Told To leave Child Unattended at Office Instead.
October 15,2020 at 2:21AM UTC
Every time I think my employer can’t go any lower, they prove me wrong!
My 13 year old is home alone 5 days a week, attending virtual school. I’m rarely able to even take a lunch break to check on him!
I work for a Nonprofit. Between COVID and inept management, I am frequently being told my job is at risk. I am expected to bill for a minimum of 32 hours out of 35 work hours. (I work one on one with clients). If I don’t - a client doesn’t show/is sick... I am blamed. Told that I am not trying hard enough.
Occasionally, I take days off - at most, a Friday and Monday so I’m not taking time off in the same week.
This past Sunday, I found out my kid is skipping many classes and assignments.
(My kid has anxiety and ADD.)
Monday morning, I request a week off giving two weeks notice and explain why. Tuesday, the ED makes a kind gesture of suggesting bringing my kid to the office... and leaving them there while I am in the community with my clients. And a coworker will check in to make sure they are going to class.
Meanwhile, people will be coming and going to get various assistance.
Turns out that wasn’t a suggestion. That is what I’m being offered instead of being able to take my vacation.
I am not allowed to take my vacation, to help my kid who really needs me right now. I am so beyond frustrated! I don’t know what to do!!
I am in NYS - at will employment.
Is there anything I can do to be a parent to my kid who needs me?!
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