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Carolanne axeHello fellow RHUer's Canadia here, I really wish I came today in good spirits but sadly it's the second day in a row I've woken up in tears over the thought over how me and my family are going to get through. It seems yet again I've been stabbed in the back with a horrific boss from my past.

I worked for a company known as CCI. It's a research facility, long story short. I read my contract while I signed for employment, and I was supposed to be employed for a few months. Those few months were actually 2 weeks. At the end of February they told us that our department was finished for the year, and [2 days later] would be an optional last day. We didn't have to come in. There would be a few positions available to work in different departments, and if you wanted to see if you could get in they would look over your resume but there was no guarantee.

So I approached this logically; I had no seniority so I assumed the jobs would go to someone that's been there longer. At the time my dad was in fair health so we still had 2 incomes coming in. There was also about 15 of us, so with this information and my understanding. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, I was laid off on probably 2 days notice. It was asked out loud if it would be the final day and our supervisor nodded yes. This was straight from our Manager who she double checked with.

I came in Monday to see if there were any odd jobs I could do, they had guaranteed us 3 hours of work. When I got there there was 9 people there. At the time I had been told that I had to work a minimum of 3 hours to be paid. So when I saw everyone there I made the decision to see how I would pick up my final paycheck instead of taking away my coworkers hours and looking for employment elsewhere. When I went in to ask when I should come in for my final paycheck and ROE (calmly) she talked to my like I was being Irate. Quiet little old me tearing a strip out of her by saying;

"Excuse me [manager] do you have a moment?" and "I know that today's the last day for our employment, I was hoping you might be able to tell me when I could come in to pick up my final check?" What can I say I'm a monster.

She told me they'd call me to come and get it, and they could probably find some work for me to do for 3 hours but because of the amount of extra it might not be possible. I assumed I'd be doing something other than what the 9 other people were doing. My Supervisor came in and said we have a couple hours work, so 3 if I'm lucky and counting on no one else showed up. It was what I suspected, and it was an optional last day. So I explained I'd give my coworkers the extra hours and left the building.

Carolanne fightNot even a few hours later I received an e-mail from my ex manager that said; "I understand that you no longer wish to work here. You refused work this AM I'll notify our employment office."

To me this makes it seem like I was fired not quit. This poked at me a few times because 1. You said it was an optional day. 2. I wasn't sure if I would have had 3 hours of work to do and 3. You told us there would be no work.

So I message her back explaining I was under the impression the project was finished and asked if I had misunderstood? Followed by I thought that I had been laid off. So instead of taking my coworkers hours away I chose to invest that time finding another job. She said yes there's no more work, and it took a month for them to even get my ROE ready!

I found a job at Burger Joint and well you guys know what happened there so when I was fired there I signed up for Employment Insurance to give me some money to keep me going. The Government of Canada however, refused my claim because according to CCI Research I quit, and my side of the story didn't even matter to the rep I was talking to. He saw the e-mails I sent her, heard how they only gave me 2 days notice before saying we were unemployed. It's like they purposely made it look like I quit instead of owning up to just laying off an entire department. To make matters worse, and this is according to the government. Moving up North with my then fiance and then moving back to spend whatever amount of time I have left with my dad who is dying is not a just cause to quit a job. Wouldn't have mattered if my dad wasn't sick because also according to the government, breaking up and moving home because I wouldn't have been able to support myself is not a just cause to quit a job. Said job was 4 1/2 hours away and is minimum wage I also don't drive. There is no way in hell I'd be commuting on the Greyhound bus.

I've lost faith in my government, one year ago today on June 6th I basically ruined my life by accepting the love of my life's marriage proposal. While there are cases of people probably actually milking the system for money; I sit here with my life in ruin with no support from my own government because of Bosses from Hell like her.

-- Canadia



This story does have a happy ending, after I submitted the story I got a call this morning. I was hired at a local dollar store and it looks like I'll be working in management eventually and for once my bosses seem really nice. :) Although I guess that means I'll have stories about actual customers now as appose to Bosses from Hell.


First: yay for you, getting a new job! I hope this one lasts, and that you're bosses and coworkers are nice. I'm sorry to hear about your other troubles.
Unfortunately, it seems to be a popular thing among employers to get rid of someone and make it look like they quit or did something wrong so that they can't collect on unemployment. Happened to my stepfather. Happened to my roommate. Happened to me.

The Last Archimedean

Best of luck to you in your new job. I hope you keep it and that the rest of your life goes well.

And a lesson I've learned: squeeze every hour you can if it looks like a company is laying off people. Make them have to kick you out the door so they can't say you quit, then they have no leg to stand on to try and fight your unemployment claim.


Just yesterday I also lost all faith in the government. Not that I had all that much to begin with.... I have a few mental health issues and am on Social Assistance while my doctor is working on the paperwork to get me on disability benefits. Two weeks ago, I was supposed to get my support check, but didn't. I called them, and they said that my stub had been late and they were still processing, so I had to wait a few days. So I did; a week later, still no check. So I called my caseworker to see if she might have better luck talking to them. For whatever reason she didn't get my message, and I wasn't able to talk to her again until my next doctor's appointment the following week. By this time, my rent check had been deposited and bounced back, costing me almost $50 with my bank. I called SA again, and they told me they had lost my stub so I'd have to drop off a new one. I had no bus fare, and the office is almost 1hr away from where I live by foot. They said I could mail a new stub in, but I didn't have one, so I couldn't. Call my caseworker again, we make an appointment for her to drive me down to the office and get things sorted out.

Finally get to talk to someone, and turns out that not ONLY did they lose my stub, but they had my address as the LAST place I lived at, and had no record of my Intent to Rent form or rental agreement despite the fact that my caseworker had brought me down to the office and filled out the paperwork with me 3 months earlier. It should also be noted that the first check they gave me was so that I could LEAVE that address and move into subsidized housing. So they had sent my check to the office in my previous town, then cancelled it when I didn't pick it up. They also had my new address on file, not the old address, which makes sending my check to the old town completely beyond all logic. Then they wouldn't give me a new check until they got the paperwork I had already given them, so my caseworker had to fax them in before I could get my money. When I brought up the overdraft fees, they said they had 'no legislation' to handle that, but if I ran out of money before the end of the month, I could apply for an 'unexpected need' food voucher. For $20. Then they told me that the first person I talked to had entered into the computer that she'd told me to drop off a new stub, making it my fault I didn't get my check. Too bad that is a bald-faced lie, as the only thing she told me was that I would have to wait and it would be mailed to me when they'd processed it. And then hung up on me before I could double check what address they had on file for me. Then when I finally DID get my check, they'd made my rent portion out to the landlord (which I had asked them to do so they would send it directly to them), but they'd gotten the amount wrong and screwed me out of ANOTHER $30. So instead of getting $240 to live off for the next 3 weeks, I got less than $130.

So, to recap, they:

1) lost my stub somewhere in the 10ft between the drop box and the desk
2) lied to me when I called asking where my check was
3) lied about what they told me when I called
4) lost my paperwork
5) sent my check to an office in a different town than what my file listed as my residence

You know, at this point I really wouldn't be surprised if they also refuse to give me the $20 voucher.

And this is only the most recent event from these people. Back in October, they lied to me about a program and forced me to apply for it, which disqualified me for a different program that would have given me job training and help getting employment, as well as paying me $250/week for the 3 months I would have been attending to cover my living expenses while they trained me. THAT little event made me lose almost 2 grand AND an opportunity for a job. Which completely defies logic, as the program they forced me to apply to took me off their benefits for 1 month and then I was back on; if they'd let me take the other program, they wouldn't have had to support me for an additional 2 months and it's entirely possible I wouldn't have had to go back on support at all if I had been able to get a job out of it.

Bureaucracy in action... ain't it beautiful?


My brother used to work for CCI... they told him he'd be doing "research" and instead they had him making debt collection software. e_e


I would say to anyone currently in that situation it would probably be worthwhile to contact an attorney. I'm fairly sure what happened was whole sale illegal. I am glad it worked out in the end though.

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