Post # 1
I am writing this complaint letter to a former employer of someone who was fired who is very near and dear to me. I was just wondering if you think this is worded well. I am seriously tired of hearing crap about this company from several former employees and they need to understand the errors of their ways.
(Company Name) Human Resources Department,
It has been brought to my attention by numerous witness accounts that your employees have been treated unfairly by your company. I would like you to understand that (Company Name) blatant disregard for the importance of their employee’s livelihood is highly unethical. Your employees rely on being able to work to earn a paycheck in order to support their families and to survive. It is troubling as a Healthcare Service Provider that your employees have no job security and can be terminated on a whim based on false accusations. I have come to understand that your employees are never employed long in your company; this is a red flag for something being seriously wrong with the way things are run. If decided that an employee must be let go that is your prerogative, but I implore you to do so in a more logical manner.
It is also another matter entirely to give a former employee an unwarranted, horrible reference when they are seeking employment elsewhere. That is not only highly unethical, but blatantly disrespectful. You are destroying their chances at future employment, keeping them from earning a paycheck, and destroying their livelihood’s and this is troubling at the highest level. (Company Name) needs to adopt a new policy to handle these situations in a more delicate manner. I highly hope that (Company Name) can remedy these problems in an effort to run a more work friendly environment.
Let me know what you think. Thanks.
Post # 3
Honestly, I think the letter should be sent by the person it directly affects. The company is going to read this and disregard it because there are no specifics, no names, and no ways to dispute your claims. In My Humble Opinion, you have no standing to right a letter like this, and you probably don’t know all of the facts. It’s best to either (1) sign your name and state specifics or (2) have the person write their own complaint independent of you.
Post # 4
I love complaint letters as much as the next person but unless you have facts and dates to corroborate I really wouldn’t send this. I sent a letter to the editor once about my former aparment building. It had facts, dates, etc (I had written down all of the icidents, brought it to the attention of the apt manager and gave them time to address the issues-they didn’t) but they still sent me a nasty letter that they could sue me and I ended up being let out of my lease.
Post # 5
Yeah, sorry. I woudln’t send it. First of all, many states are right-to-work states, meaning employment can be terminated at any time for any reason…it’s legal. Does it seem fair, no. But it is what it is.
Secondly, for the references, if they say anything bad, that is a legal issue and they could face a lawsuit. But it’s unlikely that the person calling for the reference would actually tell the interiewer exactly what was said.
So unless you included VERY SPECIFIC date and time and names, you just sound like a complainer for the sake of complaining. If you and these people truly feel that things are wrong with how they treat their employees then THEY should file a report/claim with their states labor people. They’ll investigate it and handle it accordingly.
But bottomline…this isn’t your fight, it’s theirs. And honestly they won’t give your letter another thought.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t send that letter, I would find a new job. Unless you have a contract or work for a union, unfortunately your employer can terminate you pretty easily and they can give a reference saying they wouldn’t hire you back. All of the things you complained about are something that make a company terrible to work for, but it they aren’t illegal and are actually pretty common.
Post # 7
I think it’s really admirable of you to stand up for those close to you who have been wronged, but I’d tread lightly. I don’t actually know enough about employer rights to give you an informed response, but I do think that submitting a letter devoid of facts and documentation could put you in a very bad position. Some of the language, like “destroy,” is pretty inflammatory, and I’d hate for there to be retribution against you for just being concerned.
Post # 8
What everyone else has said. This isn’t your fight; it’s theirs, and they are the only ones who should be complaining.
It is also far too general; it could have been written by anyone, to anyone. Whenever you make a complaint it is important to include specifics eg names, dates, details of any alleged incidents, etc.
Ultimately if they want to make a complaint, it’s up to them to do so. If you really feel very strongly, perhaps contact the local press, or suggest that the people who have been affected do so; there’s no prublicity like bad publicity
Post # 9
If we had more context and the letter had more details, I think we’d be able to make a better decision.
Post # 10
This isn’t your battle to fight.
Plus, as PPs have said, without specific dates, names, incidents, details, etc – the letter is pretty meaningless.
Post # 11
Companies will only respond if they feel forced to do so legally. They dont have to respond to a concerend citizen who never even worked there yourself. I would not send this letter.
Post # 12
I also think its admirable that you want to stand up for those you care about but I don’t think this is the right way to do it.
You offer no specifics to back up your allegations and so at best, it’s hear-say which doesn’t stand up to much of anything. Also, you run the risk of causing further damage to those you care about if the company can link you to them. Although official corespondance between one company and another must adhere to legal guidelines, word of mouth travels fast and the last thing you want to do is be another reason your friends/family/whomever isn’t hired.
If you want to be supportive, then I would encourage those that you’re concerned about to write their own letters. Offer to help them with that and look for resources they can use.
Post # 13
I wouldn’t send that, it’s just going to end up in a garbage can.
Post # 14
I get what everyone is saying and I really could go into more specifics about the way their empolyee’s have been treated. But I am trying to keep the former employees who this has affected to remain anonymous as possible there is no need for them to be harassed further. I also know this is not my fight but I know the people who this has affected will not do much about it and it is complete bullcrap how they have been treated. I just thought it might make a slight difference just to send the letter to call them out on their problems. Might help future employee’s. I do happen to know that they did bash a former employee during a reference call. I won’t send the letter but there has to be another way of addressing them about their issues then blatantly throwing out the employee’s names and situations to them. And By The Way they have no idea who I am I highly doubt they can come after me or former employee just because I sent this letter. It is all just very frustrating.
Thanks for the advice.
Post # 15
I think sending this could do more harm than good. Depending on the size of the company it may be pretty easy to determine who the letter is related to – someone who was fired and recently asked for a reference which turned out to be a bad one. If the company is already giving this person bad references, things certainly won’t get better after the letter. Also, there is a good chance the company will think the former employee was actually the one who wrote the letter or had something to do with it. If you are still set on sending it, i would talk to the former employer first and see how they feel about possibly being linked to the letter.
Also, the company will read the letter and not think they did anything wrong. They fired an employee which they were legally entitled to do. I don’t know much about references, but I think they are supposed to be pretty limited, but if the company gave a bad reference they can probably easily justify firing this person. It’s not the company’s fault that it’s legal to fire people. If they don’t think someone is up to par, its their perogative to fire them. Mentioning job security and destroying lives also seems like it wont have an effect. In the company’s eyes, they probably had to fire this person and that if the employee had done better they wouldn’t have been fired. It might sound harsh, but to a point companies need to think about the business and not the livlihoods of its employees.
Post # 16
@JustMarried51912: You cant fight peoples battles for them. IMO sending a letter wouldnt actually do anything.