(Closed) DH's supervisor and the government shutdown

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well Bob shouldn’t be surprised at all. It’s part of the risks of taking a government contracting job. Shoot, my uncle once had a contracting job overseas, he was there one day and the contract was canceled. He had to pay his way home and was without a job. Bob isn’t anymore special because he has kids, I have kids and I think that’s a BS mentality. Your not elevated to “special peoples” status because you have kids. Ugh. 

Post # 4
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m sorry…I hate it when parents do this. It was your decision to have children. Do not use them as weapons to cut others down (socially, financially, etc.) 

For the record I love children. I have lots of friends who have kids that I love and help support. Need a last minute babysitter? Sure. Need to sell Sally’s cookies? Absolutely! Can’t make a meeting every now and then because of your child? I’m happy to fill in. 

However, I have a big problem with coworkers who think they deserve a raise because they have children or bills. You earn money for your work, not your ability to reproduce or buy things. 

Post # 5
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Umm it should not matter if you have 0 kids or 10. If your job is essential its essential and if it isn’t then it isn’t. What an ass. That is a ridiculous reason for someone to have their status changed and I would surely complain if the change went through. I really don’t think it would be legal to do that. I do also feel like it was a low blow since the guy knows about your fertility treatments, but even if you planned to never have kids that is a completely inappropriate thing to say and not a reason to be considered ‘non-essential.’

Being laid off is a big risk with contracting jobs whether you have kids or not. That is a big reason I went federal instead of the contracting route, however that doesn’t seem to be doing much good in terms of avoiding layoffs these days either (although I’m personally not furloughed). I do hope your husband will aggressively fight that change if it were to occur.

Post # 6
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@texasbee:  that sucks and definitely isn’t right, however it isn’t discrimination as people without kids aren’t a protected group under the law. Hopefully there won’t be a next time And hopefully everyone gets back pay.

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