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Leaving On A Sour Note After 4 Years of Working :(

Discussion in 'Happy Trails' started by SobangchaPlz, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. SobangchaPlz

    SobangchaPlz Hands up if you feelin' the vibe now

    Hello everyone! Long-time lurker, brand-new member to TBR here. My Hotmail e-mails would never get the confirmation links, so here I am using a yahoo e-mail, finally! :)

    What a wild ride this chunk of employment has been. Target was my first employer back when I was 19, and I loved the company so much, and the store back then. Now I am singing a totally different tune, refusing to spend a penny at a Target store, let alone step into one.

    The last three months of my employment, management has plain out sucked, and I feel heavily discriminated against as my separation from Target came suddenly, for a dumb reason, and with so many hurdles trying to get MY story heard.

    Long story short, I was terminated for abandoning my job. My STL refused to take my medically legitimate call-in made the 2 hours in advance, and had me come in sick with not only my disability illness, but a cold. Apparently it was my job also to find someone to cover my call-in shift (a first, and virtually impossible with the store closing its doors a month after my call in and a good amount of our team members at new locations or working already). It was apparently my fault there were already too many call-ins, so I was punished and forced to come in. I didn't want to lose my job, so I sucked up how crappy I felt and tried to make it through my 5.5 hour shift. I ended up having to leave a little before 2 hours in because I had to stop a transaction to run to the restroom and throw up. I had clouded judgement at the time of clocking out due to my disability, and the best I could do was let a fellow cashier know that I needed to head out for a sickness related reason.

    My next shift, I ended up needing to have an emergency dental visit. For this particular shift, I was able to get coverage by "swapping" my shift with a fellow GSA that is dependable and flexible, especially when I had medical emergencies come up. I didnt call and let the store know, and I had not really had to in the recent days leading to the store closing, management was usually ok with it as long as the shift was manned with a suitable team member for the job. With the few GSA's we had, we all made sure to get our shifts covered. I never received any coachings, corrective actions, or "seek to understands" regarding frequent shift changes. I have a doctor's note for this visit.

    So here we come to the ill-fated termination day. I was at work for less than 30 minutes when I was called into an office by two ETL's. I was then told I was being let go for job abandonment. I was instructed to clock out and go home. They had the Sr. TL complete the evening GSTL shift.

    After all of this, I filed for unemployment, only to be initially rejected based on a report a third party submitted on Target's behalf filled with lies that I disproved over and over. My appeal hearing had the same results, rejection after more lies by the same ETL's that fired me. I am not giving up however. I do not want these people getting away with this.

    So with this being said, I do have some questions about policies at Target. I see there is a separate board for my questions so look forward to those... ;) Thanks for reading! I would appreciate any feedback or insight on any part of this from anyone.
  2. Hardlinesmaster

    Hardlinesmaster Well-Known Member

    Sorry about your store closing. Be ready to fight spot. It sounds like you have documented well. Hey @commiecorvus, your presence is requested.
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  3. OP

    SobangchaPlz Hands up if you feelin' the vibe now

    Thanks! I felt fully confident in my documentation. Apparently it was not enough for unemployment, or the hearing officer, as I debate filing a second appeal on the decision. I have a couple approaches to this next fight, but it would involve me throwing a current TM under the bus to prove a point... and some internal work to acquire certain documents. It's all such a headache.
  4. Hardlinesmaster

    Hardlinesmaster Well-Known Member

    Keep on fighting spot!
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  5. CoquiAzul

    CoquiAzul Well-Known Member

    What was your position?
  6. OP

    SobangchaPlz Hands up if you feelin' the vibe now

    I was a cross-trained TM. When I was termed, I was GSAing due to an immediate need for one until the store permanently closed.