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My director saw me and a colleague in the hallway together at a time that was different that my time card. That is it. I did already admit that it is routine and the culture in this hospital to clock out to lunch and go back to work to finish patient care duties in the morning, and then go to lunch at a later time when it is not busy. This is also to avoid penalties from administration. I did admit that I do this on a regular basis. He also brought in two other pharmacist friends, my good friends, to HR right after me with the same accusation. They happened to reply the same. We admitted that we do "falsify" the time card for patient care and to not have to incur overtime to the hospital. We feel that we would be penalized if we did not clock in and out at the time required by labor laws. And we know that the hospital budget is tight. We're really trying to save the company money. The company is Tenet.
am a union member. I asked for my Union Rep before they started talking about the situation on friday. She sat next to me and the other 2 pharmacists. She did tell hr that it is a culture of this hospital. Now many people do this. Why are we being pin pointed? I think it's retaliation. Can I do anything there?
My director is an insecure man. There was a physician who spoke to him. The dr expressed to my boss that he has heard from me that the pharmacy services in the icu may be taken away. He told him that the pharmacy is a much needed service and that we are much appreciated. My boss did not like being confronted like this. He had said to employees multiple times that the employee who spoke to this physician should be hung and fired.
Do I do with this info? I've already told my Union rep. Hr does not know. She said that I can't do anything with it now. Only after termination when I file grievance. I am currently under suspension until they finish their "investigation". HR will be calling me in today to tell me my verdict. Although I know that all my shifts this week have been covered by other pharmacists.