fired for giving notice to quit
I worked as a used vehicle repair technician at a Toyota Dealership in Portland Maine. I worked on a commission basis (flat rate) and was quite successful. I averaged 60 hours per week for an actual 42 hour clocktime workweek. Being the oldest (62) technician, I had to endure constant degarding remarks from co-workers about my age even though my performance was higher than many of them. I complained to supervisors and the complanits were ignored until I finally contacted the Human Rights Commission. For 6 months after that, I watched work that was supposed to be assigned to me being given to other employees. The last month of my employment, my work production was down to less than 20 hours per week for a 42 hour clocktime. I found another job and gave written notice to my employer because a two week notice is required according to their employee handbook. Instead of letting me work the notice period, I was fired instantly. I left and called the new employer but suddenly they didn\’t have a position for me. I applied for unemployment but the Toyota dealrship fought me from receiving benefits. I had to appeal the decision and eventually won but it took 5 months before I received any compensation. Clearly this whole situation was discrimination and I took my story to the local TV station and they did a story that was featured on the nightly news. I\’m still unemployed and it seems that no companies are willing to hire skilled workers over 55 tears of age, not even WalMart anymore.
This post was submitted by George Ernest Mason.