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Was My Boss Right To Fire Me?

Postby Azarlah » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:23 pm

I was working for about three weeks at a hotel, even though I was only meant to be a housekeeper, I was also told to do waitressing work and cleaning, even though I was not told of this, and the other housekeepers didn't have to.

The job was a trail, for three months, I was informed that after three months my trial would be reviewed and evaluated to see if I was a good person for the job, and they would also have given me extra skills to put on my CV.

However, after about a week, the other staff stopped following me, like they were meant to, to see if I was doing anything wrong and if I was cleaning the rooms properly, they were meant to follow me constantly, but they didn't.

I cleaned the rooms and ordered the laundry room exactly as I was shown by my sister-in-law who is the other housekeeper at the hotel.

I also worked longer hours than the other housekeepers and cos I'm only eighteen I was only paid £4.88 an hour.

Coming back from work one day I fell off my pushbike whilst going round a orner, and landed awkwardly onto my back, it hurt so much I was in tears, and the next day I couldn't physically move out of bed in the morning, I got up in the afternoon but it hurt all day and for the next few days. I texted both the manager Sophie and a senior staff member Dani. I told them what had happened and apologised for any inconvenience, Dani just replied "OK" which was weird as usually she will phone you up and talk for ages. I didn't hear from Sophie til later on in the day, she just left an answerphone message, saying "I'm sorry to hear about your back, but we're not covered by insurance for back related injuries, so have the rest of the week off" I thought well that's fair enough, but here's where it ot weird, in the same message it seemed like she suddenly changed her tune, saying "We've reviewed your trial and decided your not the person for the job, we've had numerous complaints about your housekeeping, and the laundry room is filthy." I was stunned how she would say two completely different things in the same message, and really confused.

I asked my sister in law what had happened, as Sophie said numerous complaints, however when I texted her to ask about it she could only think of two and didn't actually tell me what they said. My sister in law said there was rubbish and towels and bedlinen all over the floor in the laundry room, NOT how I left it! If there had been any complaints about the rooms surely they should tell me straight away and show me the problems?

I'm not sure what to do now, as I'm definetly not working there again, but I don't think that they had reason to fire me. I've since found out that they getting new people coming over from Bulgaria, where the majority of the staff are from, and my sister in law said it was conveniant how they used me for cheap labour then waited to fire me til she had come back off holiday and they were getting new staff whom they could exploit as they don't know any better.

I've got a good mind to report them, as they pay the Bulgarian staff hardly any money, much much less than they paid me, the Bulgarians live on the site and in the rooms that are meant to be for customers, but Sophie still charges them really high rent, and a couple of them let slip to me that they don't have VISA's or National Insurance numbers, they also work over eighty hours a week for hardly any money, which I'ms ure is illegal. I think they don't know any better as she is giving them a roof over their heads, albeit an expensive one.

One of them also sits around doing nothing, smoking cigarettes outside all the time, he was the main one who just sat bossing me around all the time and moaning at me, which I felt was really unfair.

Do you think my boss was right to fire me? As I'm confused about the whole situation and not entirely sure as to what I have done wrong.
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Was My Boss Right To Fire Me?

Postby Livingstone » Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:19 pm

Yes, for the simple reason you're a British person saying "fired". You either aspire to be an American or have been watching too much Apprentice.
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Postby Enrikos » Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:39 am

So sorry to learn of your troubles.
I suspect that there must be some resentment or jealousy -- you are fine, you know -- involved.
Hope everything gets better,
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Postby Dyson » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:28 am

Fair or not, it is within their Right to fire you within the three month period.
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Postby Jopie » Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:03 pm

Yes they were right to fire you. During a trial period companies can dismiss anyone they like for no reason whatsoever simply by saying you are 'not the right person for the job'. It allows them to cover themselves and ensure they do not hire someone who will become a problem.

It is unfortunate that you fell of your bike but if you handled the situation better then maybe you would still have a job. Texting your employer to say you were not coming in to work is extremely childish. It is almost the same has having your mum call in sick for you. That is probably a major factor in them deciding to get rid of you. It implies someone is being dishonest. Someone telling the truth has no problem calling you and explaining properly.

(I'm not saying you lied, just that i can see why they might think you did)

In my job if you text in sick you would probably get a disciplinary.

Edit: It doesn't matter. Grownups phone their boss. I don't believe for one second they told you never to call.

That doesn't even matter though. Within a 3 month trial they can get rid of you for anything at any time. They don't even need to give you a reason. Simlply say, 'Sorry but we don't think it is working out.' or something like that. That is the law and the same in any company that hires you on a trial period.
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