Fired under suspicion.. Started by PeniFarkas , May 14 2013 01:00 PM Please log in to reply 4 replies to this topic Posted 14 May 2013 - 01:00 PM I have been working for a housekeeping company since August of 2012. I was just recently promoted to Team Leader of my team of 3 other girls. This morning, I show up to work and find that my entire team as well as the two other teams had already left for their daily routes. Now, being that I am the ONLY valid driver for my team, I knew something was wrong. I walk in to my boss's office and she informs me that my team had obviously left for the day and I would not be driving for them Workers Compensation Directory anymore. She informed me that on the Friday before, the girls on my team had told her they had supposedly observed me smoking marijuana while on the job. I IMMEDIATELY asked to be drug tested to prove my innocence. She then had told me that 4 days had passed already and the marijuana would already be out of my system so there would be no point in testing. She also added that marijuana only stays in your system for 24 hours. When I asked again to be drug tested, she (and her father, who is not a managing owner of the company) told me to leave the premises; I was being fired. When I asked for my final paycheck, I was told I had to wait until May 24th to pick up my last check. Shouldn't I have received my final paycheck the moment I was getting fired?
Not only is common sense ruled out when trying to understand why she terminated me but as well as our drug and alcohol policy.. Can she fire be based on the assumption that I was smoking from girls that are known to cause problems in the work place? (not only their current work place, but at previous jobs as well) I begged for a drug test to prove my innocence and my boss refused to give me one. I have had ZERO complaints about my work ethic before. I have had NO other suspicions of using drugs on the job. I was JUST promoted! Given a raise! I showed up EVERY DAY! NEVER called off!
My boss was just telling me how much of a leader she saw me as and how VALUABLE I am.. and how she would never want to lose me.
I just don't understand it. This is how I made a living. Never would I do anything to compromise my job. There has got to be something here that just isn't right.. Please help me to see what can be done.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 01:07 PM An employer isn't obligated to drug test you, I'm afraid. Whether your state requires an employer to issue you a final check on date of termination is something you'd discuss with the state labor dept.
"Can she fire be based on the assumption that I was smoking from girls that are known to cause problems in the work place?" Yes. While it's silly of the boss to take seriously complaints by (you say) known boat-rockers, it isn't unlawful. The boss may have a hard time convincing the state unemployment folks why you ought not receive unemployment benefits, however.
Other than pursuing whomever it is that you say lied about you for slander/defamation (or libel per se, since I'll work from presumption that smoking marijuana in your state is a criminal act), all I can suggest is that you file for and fight for unemployment benefits and make sure you're up front about reason why you were let go when filing for it. 2 posts Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:48 AM Thank you for taking the time to reply to my post. Obviously, not the answers I was hoping to hear but nevertheless, I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions.
I just wish there was something that can be done.. it all feels so.. unjust. I have filed for unemployment and I am sure my employer will fight it. That is just something I will have to face when the time comes. I understand that with Indiana being a 'Right to Work' state, they can fire me without careful consideration or reason whatsoever; but then they threw an allegation ontop of that without further investigation. As said before, I have never had any problems with my work ethic. Never had any suspicion of drug use or misconduct. I'm hoping these are all things that build my case. I just don't understand how I went from promotion, raises and praise - to rock bottom. I've got to start all over again. What if this lie.. this complete FALSE accusation.. ruins my chances for getting another job? There's got to be something.. ANYTHING that can be done. Maybe writing an email to my employer? Just to reach a better understanding of what happened. I think she went about it in the wrong way and I want answers. It just doesn't make any sense to me. Which makes me feel like it's a lie to cover up the actual reason I was terminated. Even then, don't I deserve to know that reason? Don't I have the right to answers? Thank you.. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://boards.answers.findlaw.com/index.php/topic/225749-fired-under-suspicion/