Hi! I don’t know whom to talk with about my problem at work and I was wondering if anyone here can help me.
I think I’m a victim of unfair labor practice which resulted in a lost of a day’s wage. On first day of work the manager told me to buy safety shoes. I read in the Employee Handbook that Employees should ideally wear safety shoes and athletic shoes are permitted. Open toed or open heeled shoes or boots are not permitted. On my fourth day of work, I was told by my supervisor to buy safety shoes for tomorrow. I tried to look for my size and did not find one. On the next day he waited for me at the door and sent me home for not wearing safety shoes. I called the district manager and told me that he can do that. This resulted in a lost of a day’s wage.
So the next day I told my boss about what is written in the Employee Handbook and he just laugh and told me that it was recently changed ( the handbook says effective July 1 2010), and when I asked for a memorandum for that change he can’t show me any and he just laughed and changed the subject. Also before this incident he calls my name as IF I am making mistakes, like calling children when they make mistakes and you want them to stop what ever wrong their are doing.
So I called the Dep’t of Labor and told me that the supervisor can fire me on the spot for not following orders even if the hand book says that I am allowed to wear athletic shoes.
What do you guys think, is it fair? I need to know so that I can defend myself next time. By the way we don’t have a union that can handle this kind of situation, so I am on my own.