(Closed) Work Issue: What would you do?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Is there any way you can train someone to cover your position while you are gone?

I don’t have any other advice because I’m in a similar situation. I’ve already got it in my head that I’m probably going to have to quit my job just to have the wedding and go on a honeymoon.

Post # 4
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Don’t quit.  write her an email, (so  you have documentation), that you requested this non paid time off months ago and unfortunately will not be able to do the things you asked because of your schedule during those 3 days.  Really document your position.  

If she’s unhappy with it, she can fire you.  At least then  you can collect unemployment.  If you quit you won’t be able to.

Post # 7
14661 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m a sucker so I’d probably end up doing it if I could possibily squeeze it in and the call wasnt during the weddng.

Post # 8
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would write her an email right now ‘clarifying’ the fact that you won’t be calling in just so there isn’t any confusion. State that you have pre approved unPTO’s scheduled on those days, you don’t even have to say taht you aren’t available because it’s irrelevant.

Post # 9
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m pretty sure you’re between a rock and a hard place. If you do the calls, then your boss knows that she can step on your toes anytime she wants. If you don’t, she could very well give you the boot or make your life hell.

I would email her and tell her that you have a very busy schedule of events, and will most likely be unable to call in to any of the meetings.


Post # 11
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It violates your 14th Amendment rights to be forced to work without pay. Worst case scenario you must be paid for any work you do. I used to work for an employment law firm, but please don’t take this as legal advice! 

Post # 12
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@cora_123:  Why can’t your boss listen to the calls?

And if she insists on you taking the calls I would tell her that she needs to give you paid time off instead of unpaid time off. And that she still owes you that many unpaid days off. So if all 4 calls are on the same day, she owes you pay for that day and an additional unpaid day off.

Or I would tell her the wedding is in the wilderness and there is no cell phone reception.

Or I would “lose” my phone during the trip.

Post # 14
14661 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do you already have the schedule for the calls you are expected to be on?  Can you go back to her and be like look, I am TRYING to help out here, but this is the schedule of MY events that I am taking PTO for and they coincide exactly with the calls so I am not available.  And maybe if there’s one you can call in on, throw her a bone to remain in her good graces and say you can help out with the one call… and tell her to pick up a pen or start typing and take notes herself for the others.. 🙂

Post # 16
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@cora_123:  Wow girl!  You have more guts than I would.  Good for you!  I’m glad that your hubby is supportive of your decision.  I’m sick of employers taking advantage of employees just because the economy is bad.  Your boss now has no one to call into those calls and now needs to interview someone to take your place, as well as train them.  The joke is on your ex-boss. 

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