Four months after I started with my former employer, an advertising/marketing company, I filed a written complaint with HR against my manager. I did this. after he sent out an animated cartoon of a young girl wearing a micro-mini skirt twerking. It was inappropriate, unprofessional and offensive. And, yet, he didn't understand "why" I was offended.
Because he set this example, many of my coworkers followed his lead; my computer was pranked 5 times, several of my coworkers used the "P" word, and the list goes on and on.
The tension in the department was so thick that you could cut it with a knife. The situation was even more challenging, because my former manager is a gossip. In his attempt to discredit me, he spread lies to anyone who would listen to him.
On January 23, 2020, five days shy of my one-year anniversary, I was discharged. I knew that my former manager wanted me gone; and to be honest, it was difficult to work with such "boors."
So, at 61, I found myself looking for employment. However, ODJFS, unemployment, found that I was discharged without "just cause" and allowed my claim. I never received any verbal or written warnings; or any other disciplinary actions. There were no complaints about my work or professionalism.
As I move forward in my journey, I am using this time to reevaluate my goals; and, to work with employers who value their workforce.
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