November 22, 2019

New Job Letdown

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I know that in today's economy, any job that is offered should be taken. Even at minimum wage.

But should minimum wagers be expected to work under circumstances that are, at best, unrealistic?

Recently I was offered and accepted a position located in the City of West Branch as a receptionist/clerk. The building itself is 130 years old.

On my first day, I was very excited to begin my new job, and to learn new things. However, this building was freezing! The power had been out in the city, and because of the age of the building, it was going to take a long time to heat up, I later learned. Not hours. Days.

Was I instructed to start in a couple of days after the heat was at least up to a bearable temperature? No. By 3 pm, the office was "up to" 57 degrees. My new boss was out and about doing her duties, and when I contacted her and told her I could not endure the conditions, I was let go. Shouldn't there still be human-kindness even for minimum wagers?


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Its your first day and it was a little cold, when you get a new job you need to keep quite, show up for work everyday and work as hard as you can. Its 3pm and you can't wait a few more hours to get home, there are people that work outside in this weather for 7.40. I really hope this was your first job and your right out of high school because you have some growing up to do.

Friday, January 7, 2011 | Report this

Sorry, your freaking out over the heat? Come on, at least you had a job, and your complaining about the heat....... What does a buliding being 130 years old have to do with your job and heat? I don't understand... If you can not endure the conditions, she had every right to let you go....... I am sorry, but really we don't live in hawaii, so get use to it......

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | Report this

Ha. um. just woundering where exactly this office job that you got fired on the first day was. I need a new job. If you cant handle a few days of coldness due to lack of electricity I sure can. All you have to do is where a jacket.

Friday, January 21, 2011 | Report this

There was obsolutely no reason for this employee to expect freezing temperatures inside an office building. I assume she was not properly dressed for "outside" temperatures. The employer should have warned her in advance of the situation and allowed the employee to dress accordingly or be allowed, or furnished, an electric heater. This situation could have been easily solved without firing the employee. Maybe there is more to this story.

Sunday, January 30, 2011 | Report this

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