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The e-mail I sent the CEO yesterday bounced back. Undeliverable - the bank's firewall didn't recognise my address. So this morning, in desperation, I betook myself to the office again, and asked the receptionist whether he was in. She said she hadn't seen him, then stopped me from going up to see for myself saying "sorry, you can't, you don't work here anymore" -- news travels fast. She called his secretary to make me an appointment...sometime next week was the earliest she could manage. Some colleagues of mine (former colleagues of mine) came down to tell me how sorry they were about what happened, and to wish me luck and all that.

Just after I'd left, cursing myself for having gone on a wild goose chase, my phone rang. My co-workers (former co-workers) had spotted C. coming in, and had asked him to wait for me in the car park. I met him there and he asked me "Hedwig, what's this I hear? How have you been sacked? Tell me!" So I did.

One thing you should know about our CEO: he prides himself on having created an atmosphere in which people feel safe, secure, and happy, almost as if we were a family, so instead of bitching about The Biatch, I just told him how much I'd enjoyed working there [and I have], how disappointed I was in my dismissal with just a few days' notice, and was this the way a family that truly cares for its members would behave? He agreed with me that it certainly didn't sound like it, and promised to look into it. Of course he said the Board doesn't usually interfere with a manager's powers of hiring and firing, and I told him I wasn't expecting him to, to which he repeated "usually". Anyway, he couldn't make me any other promise than that he would look into the matter, have a word with HR and The Biatch, and then get back to me. So we'll see what happens next.

Meanwhile, it's back to the hairdresser's to get the magenta out of my hair. If I'm going to have to apply for jobs again, I'd better not look like a freak.

ETA: I've just gotten off the phone with C. He let me know that after speaking to The Biatch and HR, and concluding that it would be pointless to try to reverse the decision as their position, as he explained, had already become entrenched; he had personally authorised the pay out of 3 months' salary to my account by way of a sort of severance pay. He said he was very sorry things had gone the way they had, that he admired my pluck, and that I could always cite him as a reference. He's even given me his mobile number and asked me to stay in touch, let him know of any problem I might have.

So, I am still fired. But at least, I don't have to worry where my next meal is going to come from.

Comments

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meko00
Apr. 28th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
fingers crossed
gamiila
Apr. 28th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Result! Though not perhaps the best possible outcome, thenext best thing I could hope for under the circumstances.
spiralleds
Apr. 28th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
Good for you for pulling out all the stops and doing everything you can.
gamiila
Apr. 28th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Though I wasn't entirely sure I was doing the right thing, going over someone's head, I'm glad I did because it's given me some financial breathing space at least.
anonypooh
Apr. 28th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
what a good guy! and Go you!
I guess those contract terms meant they didn't have to pay you anything at all? - At least you have breathing space to go find that job!

be lucky!
gamiila
Apr. 28th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I was surprised at my audacity. But desperate times and all that...

Still, I would rather have had my job back. Do you have any idea how hard it'll be for someone my age to find another any time soon, in this economic climate? I don't.
anonypooh
Apr. 28th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
the perfect fit for you? pretty hard I'd think. But this matter was in conversation today - as yesterday, boss's mate has just lost the only job he has ever known with a week's notice aged 56.

consensus was the best way to get a job is to have a job. No matter what.
Sounds easy said. But ...done?

Can you sign up to an agency to work as a temp whilst you are applying for permenant?

You might even stumble across a new perfect fit meantime.
gamiila
Apr. 28th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
I've been working on updating my cv prior to going to the agencies. With my hair back to its normal colour (and weren't they sweet? When I told my hairdressers why I wanted it dyed back, they slashed the price by half just because I 'needed to save my cash'), I have no fear of going in there anymore.

Losing one's only ever job at 56? My word, I can't imagine how horrible that would be!
anonypooh
Apr. 29th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
wow lovely hairdressers!
I'm going to have to go back to DIY colour-in-a-box
jonesiexxx
Apr. 28th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad you don't have to fret about money quite so immediately. And the reference offer is very nice and useful. What a thoughtful, decent person.

I still say fuck the rest of the fuckers though.

And my icon and I still salute you.
gamiila
Apr. 28th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
What a thoughtful, decent person.

Yes, he is. Shame the same couldn't be said of his underlings.

'Fuck the fuckers'...that's going to be my mantra, now. ;-)
suze2000
Apr. 29th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
I would have gone with "fuck the fucking fuckers" myself. :D
enigmaticblues
Apr. 29th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Well, at least there's the severance pay. *hugs* Good luck finding something else.
gamiila
Apr. 29th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
suze2000
Apr. 29th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
Wow, I don't suppose there's any possibility of being rehired in another dept. there? Sounds like the sort of CEO to cherish.

*hugs* for your situation, but kudos for the bravery going back there to speak to them. A lot of people wouldn't have had the guts, and thus wouldn't have got any outcome that favoured them.
gamiila
Apr. 29th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose there's any possibility of being rehired in another dept. there?

Line managers tend to stick together. But there's a legal impediment, too: any manager that would like to go against the grain would not be able to rehire me on a temporary contract with this company as I have already had 3 and by law, my next one would have to be a permanent one. And they can't hire anyone on a permanent contract straight-off (company rule).

A lot of people wouldn't have had the guts, and thus wouldn't have got any outcome that favoured them

I know! It wasn't just a bee in my bonnet, after all. But why is it I can make the right sort of decision one day, and a terrible one the next (or in this case, a terrible one first and then the right one afterwards)?
suze2000
Apr. 29th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Because you didn't know any better and were trying to make sure you could just continue working away there. You were trying to be a good employee and the Biatch penalised you for that. Which sucks. I hope I never meet her.
gamiila
Apr. 30th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
You want I should give you her address? ;-)
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