Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
You cannot be treated differently or fired because of: race, color, national origin, age, gender (pregnancy, sexual orientation) or physical or mental disability. These are considered protected classes – protected by anti-discrimination laws. There are other illegal actions an employer can take, including retaliation, harassment, creating a hostile work environment and a few others.
My husband is an Employment Attorney in California who works for employees only. After 20 years in the corporate world of employee benefits, he wanted to have his own law practice and work to help people. I have been his sounding board for the past 6 years, and his paralegal for the last 6 months.
In the work I have done with Tom’s clients, I have found that there are those who tuned in to their employment problems and began compiling evidence, and those who let things run their course and then try to put together a complaint. You can guess which is more successful.
If you think you fall into a protected class and believe that you are being treated unlawfully at work, start “preparing your case” right away. You can believe that a smart boss or human resources department is doing so. When there is an incident, write it down, including the date, names of witnesses and who said or did what. Report problems right away and keep documentation, for example a copy of the e-mail you send or report form you submit. Even if management or the HR department doesn’t act.
Keeping a diary at work, even jottings on a calendar can be very helpful should you someday need to recount each and every incident. (Many small incidents can show a pattern of a problem.) Note the circumstances, the discussion, witnesses, how you felt and what action was taken. When you have a verbal discussion, write up a memo of what was discussed and send it to those involved.
If the job issues put you under stress, tell your doctor. Ask for a referral to a mental health counselor and go. Stress and medical problems brought on by stress can seriously affect your health and ability to work.
If you think your job is in jeopardy, try to clear up the problem by talking with your employer. If you don’t find a solution, do not quit your job. Seek legal counsel. Many attorneys will listen to your story and give 30 minutes of legal advice or coaching without charge. That call may help you save your job or preserve your rights!
If you get fired or laid off, it is very important to stay calm. Get as much information as you can. Listen carefully and take notes. Do not sign anything. As soon as the meeting is over, write down anything else you can remember about what happened at the meeting and contact an employment lawyer. Some attorneys, for a small fee, will review a separation agreement and coach you on how to improve the agreement to your benefit.
Most of us are working away, navigating the corporate culture and just dealing with things as they come. Unfairness, hostility, overwork and little indignities can just be part of the deal. Be smart, though. Take care of your rights as an employee.
Friday, September 18, 2009
1.) Driving to soccer practice I saw a big banner stretched across the fence at the Middle School announcing the fall fundraiser. Last year it was cookie dough - this year it is MEAT.
2) We are now at the point where was can laugh about Ally backing into the garage door and damaging not only the truck she was driving and the door but the car inside the garage as well. We are calling it a "Garage Sandwich."
3) I actually won The Women's Colony raffle this week - $200.00 at the Piperlime website featuring shoes and handbags!!! I spent about 3 hours today looking at shoes and drooling all over my keyboard...I'll post what I choose.
4) The September heat has been climbing and will continue through next week in the high 90's and 100's. The brightside is that my tomatoes are finally ripening on the vine. I am looking forward to a Caprese Salad...
5) Has anyone ever managed to pick a really bad watermelon and then taken it back to the store? I am usually an excellent judge of melons, but I just cut my second bad one - it tastes unripe and sort of chemical. I think I will try to return it...
6) Watched Survivor with Tom last night. It isn't a show that I like much and last night reminded me why. There is a new contestant who is so smarmy and sexist that I was squirming in my seat. I don't think I'll watch with Tom again - at least until he is voted off the island!
7) Two soccer games this weekend plus picture day. Only 2 years and I will never have to be a soccer mom again!!!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Tom usually backs the truck into the driveway and so she wanted to do the same. The first time she parked it with great success. Yesterday she did this:
Actually, it was much worse before I took the picture Tom had been inside the garage pushing the panels out to assess the damage. She hit it so hard that the back bumper of the truck was pushed forward and caused a flat tire, the paint is scraped on the back of the truck and the tailgate doesn't go down flat. Worse is that Tom's nice car parked inside the garage was also damaged.
We are awaiting the insurance appraisal and for the cost to be added up.
Our Daughter is horrified and upset and saying she will never drive again. We want her to learn from the accident, to recognise for herself what went wrong so she can carry that awareness when she drives again.
Tom and I are at odds over whether we should expect her to contribute to the cost of the repairs. What do you think?
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
I have never used the half marbles on a pot, and the challenge is significant with the curves, so I could only work a little at a time and had to let things set before I could shift the angle. I am also using some small iridized glass pieces I have and then filling with some glittery purple tiles, I wanted to make something very different than I have before - something with a bit of fantasy.
I hope the effect holds up when it is grouted.
I also grouted my new birdhouse and should be able to hang it tomorrow. I had these little red birds which I attached. It's pretty cute - and I don't usually do cute!