Witness to a crime... now I am terminated
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|Sep 15th, 2009, 09:13 PM||#1|
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Witness to a crime... now I am terminated
At my place of employment medication was placed in other employee's food and drink. I was witness to two conversations that had one employee admitting to putting the medication in an employee's food. He said he didn't care who knew or if he got fired because he had another job. The second instance I overheard an employee telling the director that he had x amount of the medication put into his drink. The director stated "they didn't have to use that much, they could have used x amount and it would have done the same thing".
I have notified the elected official above the director. His response was to send a letter to every employee asking them all to just get along and to stop the horse play. Three months later I spoke to the county attorney about the issue. He was surprised at the situation. He said he had not been notified by the elected official. He told me that this was a felony. He had his investigator present and I gave him all the information I had with names, times etc... He asked me if I was aware that these people would lose their certifications and they could be prosecuted and would I be willing to testify. I told him that I was and that I had thought it out. I told him I wanted to procede and I would testify.
That was nine months ago. I have not heard anything from him.
I have endured months and months of harrassment and attempts to make me lose my job. Complaints are lodged against me by other employees and they are taken at face value. I am not allowed to contest them. They are not true.. but taken as such. I was warned by the assistant director that the director had instructed her crew supervisors to "watch my every move and write me up for any little thing".
I was taken off my regular job duties and told that I was now going to be the PR person. The reason that the director gave me was that "we need to leave this job to the younger ones". That made no sense to me since there were several other employees older than I was. I even went as far as to contact the EEOC. I made an appointment with the elected official and after much insisting I was allowed back on my regular duties. This was in January. I didn't pursue the EEOC complaint because I was allowed back into my regular job.
I was terminated last week for a weak trumped up charge. I am not even sure what it is since the director and the elected official can't get their stories straight. I did learn at this time from one of the supervisors that the reason I was removed from my regular duties (in January) was because of two complaints he made that I couldn't perform my skills. I was never told that. The director said it was basically due to my age. I was never notified of the true reason. I was not allowed to even respond to the allegations. The funny thing is, this supervisor is one of the ones that put medication in people's food.
I have followed the grievance procedure, which unfortunately is the director and then the elected official. Dead end.
Do I have a case of any kind?
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