Hi I need some advice. I worked for this vet for 3 years and in that time I became aware that my co-worker that was there before me had a very close relationship with my boss...she could do nothing wrong in his eyes and I had to take up the slack that she refused to do. Many employees have come and gone for this reason since I started. Well just recently I had surgery and was suppose to be out for 6 weeks to recover, they were calling me back the next day after surgery..When I told them I had not been released by doctor they stated that it was not there problem. I quit, My co-worker who is a single mother of 3 small children decided at this time to also give notice..they had been pretty terrible to her since the beginning of her employment..the doctor even going so far as to state that his goal was to make her cry. While I was out they made her come to work with her 3 children while they were out sick with the swine flu. they made her work saturdays with her children vomiting and with a high fever and then when she called to tell them she had to leave they became very angry. and last but not least the doctor would not let her finish out the 2 weeks and kept her whole check to cover the amount of what she owed him in vet fee's. She asked him if she could make payments instead of him taking her whole check but he refused and now she has no money to pay her rent...And the co worker that he is close to stated to this lady that because I walked out on them they are taking it out on her..I put it nicely..there were alot of cuss words. Also when the lady asked him why he was doing this he stated because he could. and when she tried to remind him about her children he told her that he didn't even know she had children..that he knew nothing about her life and he made a point not to want to know about it.. How can someone do this to they're employee's and not be punished for it? What can we do to make sure this doesn't happen to another person? Or am I just kidding myself and all vets are like this..and we as tech's have no rights? Please help!
What state is this in??? There are FEDERAL mandated labor laws that must be followed by each employer. If you were on FMLA for surgery and they called you in to work the next day, well let's just say I would contact an attorney. Make sure you find one who specializes in employment and labor regulations.
That is obviously not right but your co-worker could have simply stayed at home. I feel bad that her children were sick but unless someone came to her home and dragged her to work at gunpoint with her children, I would have stayed home. He would have had to fire me before I would have taken 3 kids to work and they had high fevers and vomiting. If he had fired her, she could have gotten her unemployment benefits until she found another job. If she willingly quit and left the job, no unemployment.
Same for yourself, I would have let them fire me. Then I would have filed for unemployment benefits under FMLA.
Unless there was a written agreement, I don't know if he could hold her paycheck for vet bills. Even a garnishment cannot exceed 40% of the take home pay. I think she better see an attorney as well.
So, do all vets do this? Not the ones around these parts. I've never heard of such in AL but I do know some pretty mean medical docs.
Hate this happened and hope you are doing better since your surgery.
Friends will step in when the rest of the world steps out.
Hi, Thanks for your advise. I live in Louisiana, basically we have no rights and the doctor knows it. we were told by him that no employee leaves owing him money and he has done this in the past with no problems.This doctor does not fire people..he just drops you hours down to nothing and when you are there makes your life a living hell. I am doing fine now thank you for asking, The young lady that worked with me was called about 10 or 20 times in about 2 hrs demanding that she come to work she felt at the time that she couldn't afford to be without an income so she finally gave up. The environment in this clinic was very hostile, many times we would come to work with nasty notes written all over the white board and this doctor loved to use the "F" word alot. I am really releaved to have left, but I miss the clients and their pets..I really enjoyed my job and wish to one day return to this kinda work but am now afraid I will not receive a good reference from him even though I have been told by my former co-workers and clients that I was very good at my job..
To be eligible for FMLA you must be employed for a certain amount of time, usually 1000 hours. If you recently hired on FMLA will not apply to you. I'd rather work at Mc Donald's than for this jerk anyway...lol bet you can get a job at your local bus barn...they ALWAYS need help....
Sorry I think the OP has a slight problem. Don't think any of this is totally true. If it was she is wasting time talking to us, she needs to contact the local authorities, and the "we don't have rights" is a cop out.
Since it has been a few days since she posted, lets just see what happens....
If her former co workers and clients thought she was that good, she can get reference letters from them...
The friend, that owed vet bills. I would actually expect to have the balance withheld from a final check if I still owed a balance. Thing is if she was quitting, it was obviously due to issues, and the vet was likely figuring the balance would never come. I would have either sucked it up until I could have paid it off before quitting, or completely expect the balance to be withheld, IMO.
Yeah, like normap said, may not be totally true or just bits and pieces here.
I spoke to my brother, and while he only practices in AL, he said that usually (in good business practice) when an employee has services rendered at their place of employment, the employer will make them sign a agreement stating that if the leave, the entire balance becomes due and payable at that time and can be withheld from the final paycheck; it can also be the entire paycheck if needed. You're correct, LPN.
If she was really smart...she would have gotten her check and took it to the bank and cashed it and THEN quit...LOL or as I said...let him fire her and then she could have filed for unemployment.
Then again, if the employer is really all that bad, someone needs to contact the department of labor in LA; I know I would.
"A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones who need advice." -Bill Cosby
I guess if I hadn't lived through the last 3 years I wouldn't believe me either, but thats ok. I am doing great, I have many references from clients and co-workers..we got notice from the la labor dept. that what this doctor did is VERY not ok and we are going to take him to court. So thanks for listening.