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    How can he get away with this? Please help!!!!

    Posted by: geminig55
    Date: 8/21/2011 11:05:23 AM

    In April 2011 I was offered a job as an Optometric Tech/ Receptionist from an Optometrist. I have worked in this field before. I was hired full time. As I began working in the office I was told by several different co-workers that the doctor goes through employees like water and he will cut your hours if he decides he doesn't like you. I then witnessed this happen to two employees ahead of me in a matter of two months. I was also told he screams and swears at his employees, most of them being young girls in their twenties, I am 31. One day I made a mistake and didn't write something on a patients chart, he came out of his office screaming at me that I'm oblivious and his face was red and he looked crazy. This whole time there were 4 patients sitting in front of my desk waiting to be seen. I stood up and told him never to talk to me like that again and said that was uncalled for. One patient ended up cancelling her appointment. Afterwards I went in his office and told him next time to pull me to the side in private and tell me my mistake, his response was "ya ya". Since that day he has hired 3 more employees, one with no experience at all and cut my hours down to one- two days a week. I never had a written or verbal warning, in fact he won't even speak to me at all. My question is what can I do about this? I am a single mother, was promised full time and am now struggling.

    Reply from: goodboss
    Date: 8/23/2011 1:15:00 PM
    Reply: If you're in the US (where the employment laws are very much on the side of employers), then I'm afraid your boss isn't breaking any laws, and so you don't have any legal recourse. As far as trying to reason with him goes, he sounds like a real psychopath and probably wouldn't respond well (if at all) to discussion. I recommend that you use your current time off to mount a really comprehensive job search.

    Reply from: geminig55
    Date: 8/23/2011 3:38:00 PM
    Reply: Thanks....and no he won't talk to me at all. He is very pompous and thinks he is high and mighty. I'm the only one who actaully stood up to him and now I'm paying for it. Although I have always been a believer in karma.

    Reply from: goodboss
    Date: 8/23/2011 3:49:00 PM
    Reply: I believe in karma too, though sometimes it can be a little slow. Again, while you're waiting for karma to kick in, use those extra hours productively to find a new job.

    Reply from: deassoc50
    Date: 8/28/2011 6:23:00 PM
    Reply: Your boss is probably doing this to get you to quit. Goodboss is right. He isn't breaking any laws. There should be laws against this type of treatment, but there's not and what a darn shame!!

    Reply from: leenizi129
    Date: 9/13/2011 5:03:00 PM
    Reply: Look for a new job now! Don't wait until he fires you. That would be stupid.

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