For a long time I've been a believer that there are good reasons to fire somebody, okay reasons to fire somebody, bad reasons to fire somebody, and bat shit insane reasons to fire somebody. This story is about that last category.
This restaurant is terrible. I worked there for about three weeks myself, but they constantly lost my paperwork, never called me in for training, so I gave up and got a nice cushy job as a tutor. C, my partner, has been working loyally for them for well over a year now, and they have gone out of their way to screw her over. Management yells and mistreats employees for no reason.
Example: One man had to leave early because his sitter had to leave and his infant child could not be left alone. The management solution to keep him from leaving? Call the police and fire him FOR GOING TO KEEP HIS 6 MONTH DAUGHTER FROM BEING HOME ALONE.
While C worked there, they constantly hired new employees even though they didn't have hours for any of the old ones. C was only getting about 4 hours a week for a while. One manager even held a grudge against her for 9 weeks and wouldn't put her on the schedule. He was mad because she called off a 3 hour shift (and it would have taken 3 hours of travel to get there and back by bus), so he decided that she just wouldn't work.
Of course, when she called in to check the schedule every week, he didn't tell her - just lied and said they had no hours for her and confessed after weeks of this, saying he was just mad at her. It turned out the manager C had called off to hadn't told this other manager why she had called off, and that's why he was mad at C.
Because, you know, it makes perfect sense to deprive somebody of income for several weeks instead of just calling and asking for an explanation.
Last Friday, C had to call off because was coughing, puking, and had a fever, and didn't think it would be so courteous of her to be throwing up out the drive-thru window onto customers. She's polite like that. Well, her work had apparently just instituted a policy that they had decided not to tell anybody about until she called, saying she wasn't allowed back on the premises without a doctor's note. So she scheduled the first appointment she could, which was a week later. Today.
So earlier she called to tell the store that she had the note, and that she would be bringing it by tomorrow after class when we go to pick up her paycheck. The manager she talked to, B, said that was fine, and he'd get her on the schedule ASAP. We go do what we have to do after, and we got home tonight to find out that they were firing her.
OVER THE PHONE.
Tackiness and small balls aside (I guess they know that C can chuck a grown man across the room if she feels like it), the reason they fired her was really... odd. B said C was fired for being absent. She wasn't scheduled to work this week. She wasn't even allowed back without a note, on THEIR say so. She asked B "So you're firing me because you wouldn't let me come back to work," and he confirmed it.
WHAT THE HELL!? HOW THE FUCK IS THAT EVEN OKAY?!
So needless to say, when we go to get her check tomorrow, I'll be the one talking to them. I have a few choice things to say. I guess my real question for the readers is this: Does anybody know if this is legal in Ohio?