California Employment Law
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My daughter worked for 7 years in a private prison in CA, with excellent reviews (she has copies). She decided to take a position in San Luis Obispo with the sheriff's department, thinking it would be a smart career move that would give her more chances to advance, as well as good pay and benefits. Within a month, she resigned in lieu of getting fired. She says one of her supervisors told her when she first got hired that he didn't think young, attractive women (which she is) belonged in the sheriff's department. She reported this conversation informally to her other supervisor, not wanting to be a difficult "newbie" and file anything formal. The first supervisor got called on the carpet; from that point on, he proceeded to make things as difficult for my daughter as possible, writing her up for every little thing, including the fact that one cuff of her uniform shirt was 1/4" longer than the other. He also insisted she go to work w/no makeup and wet hair so she wouldn't look so "feminine'. My daughter says what he did to her is known in the business as head-hunting.
Finally, with all those write-ups during her probationary period, as well as the stress of working in such an unfriendly atmosphere with a boss who clearly wanted her gone, she was given the chance to resign or be fired and she chose resignation. That was months ago - she is now getting unemployment and trying to get hired on at other facilities -- she is getting no response. She does great on the written interviews and makes it to the orals, but once it gets to the point where they call SLO for background info, my daughter never hears from them again. Is there any way she can find out what exactly that supervisor said about her in his final paperwork, and what the San Luis Obispo HR department is telling people when they call asking questions about my daughter? Would it help her to get a lawyer? She realizes now that she should have gotten all that paperwork before she resigned, but she was so distraught she didn't think of it. Nothing like this has happened to her before. She really wants to make a new start somewhere else in the field of Corrections/Law Enforcement but feels certain that she is being "black-balled'.
I passed all of your info along to my daughter and she is going to take action today. We both thank you for such a detailed, thoughtful response. In the future, whether with this situation or others, I will definitely request you. Thanks Joseph!
You too sir! You brightened her spirits and gave her some hope, and she needed that. Thinking about getting the monthly plan -- can I request you as my regular "Expert"??
Groovy, talk to you soon!
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