Posted by Bob on November 26, 1999, at 9:51:49
In reply to Re: can someone help me (it's kind of dumb), posted by Noa on November 24, 1999, at 19:43:25
Jennyann, I say take the offensive.
1st point: as was already mentioned, it's an employee's market. I hope you can find a better position quickly. Here's a question for the peanute gallery, tho -- what would you say when asked about your last job, for references for instance?
Me, if forced or given no real choice about it, I'd say I'm suing for wrongful dismissal and can't talk about the case. It may not be the best foot to put forward, but what do you do if you have no choice?
2nd point: contact the EEOC. File a charge of discrimination against your employer. This won't cost you a thing and, if you can demonstrate or document what happened, then the EEOC may nail them on their own without putting you thru too much more. I'm working with the EEOC right now against my current employer and next week should see some action, so I'll fill folks in once it hits the fan.
3rd point: using the ADA and the EEOC won't make you much in punitive damages. A laywer I've been speaking with told me there are other routes to go that can be far more painful to those asses who fired you and take less time. But, as Noa said, you gotta keep in mind that if you try to rub their face in it, they'll do it just as hard, and as a business with probably more cash sitting around than you have in your bank account they can afford to do it, too. A good friend just gave me some advice along this route as well, since I was telling her about going for blood. Hopefully I'll be in touch with this lawyer early next week so I can add my own perspectives to my friends and post them here.
Until then, jennyann, keep in touch here and let us know how you are doing. Stay strong, and remember you've got a lot of people here to lean on.
... oh, and joke'em....