The job I lost
I was fired for untrue allegations. I foolishly signed a confession because my boss told me I could keep my job if I just admitted to it. He lied.
The company also made it virtually impossible to get a new job. When I applied for work, I received a call saying I was unemployable for ANY job, because of what they was telling the employers about me. I asked what they said and the woman suddenly, with a panicked voice said, "I don't have to tell you anything." And she hung up the phone. It took me over a year to realize the company was sabotaging my efforts to find work.
What it's like being unemployed
I have lost everything. I am suffering from chronic shoulder pain and I cannot afford to see a doctor to find out what's causing the pain. I used an online self-diagnosis program and came up with 3 strong possibilities. 1) Torn rotator cups, 2) Rheumatoid arthritis, 3) Bone spurs pinching the nerves. I sometimes wake with temporary arm paralysis and even simple jobs can cause severe pain in the deltoids.
I have always had a very strong work ethic. I've often said I would never retire because I felt it was my duty to work to help make America a better country. I went to college so I could get a degree to teach math because I've always had fantastic math skills. I had the highest score in my class in every math class I have ever taken. One teacher said I was the best student he had ever had. An engineer asked me why a math trick worked and after I explained it to her, she said I would be a great math teacher.
I don't know what I'm supposed to do when even simple jobs cause great pain and I can't see a doctor to even find out what's causing the pain, never mind actually curing it or relieving the pain.
- Never sign a confession just because it's just a work confession and not a criminal one even if your boss promises that nothing will come of it.
- Get a lawyer and fight the company because it's likely the boss will put whatever you're accused of in your work record whether you sign it or not. I was accused of harassing employees, but the truth was I was the victim of lies and gossip and when I confronted the gossipers, I was accused of harassing them, although it seems to me I was the one being harassed as a victim of gossip.
- I tried to shrug the lies off, but the lies became increasingly vicious.