To whom it may concern:
I’m not sure if my problem falls under labor law. Although I was definitely harassed for over two years, it was not over age (60), race, sex, etc. Below is the very short version of my ordeal.
I was terminated from a job I held for over six years in 2007. I put my hands on another employee
in anger because he (and others) continuously called me Ricky. Between the oncoming recession, age and my termination, work was difficult to find.
I held three short term jobs. The last one a supervisor from another department refused to stop calling me Ricky. I opted to leave.
I started working for S.T. Johnson Company on February 17, 2011. I felt very fortunate to land this job and was committed to keeping it. For the next two plus years, I endured almost constant harassment
from the President of the company, the management, down to the latest new employee. I was called Ricky on three separate occasions during my time there and always dismissed without a second thought.
Still I gave my best every day. At home, I was dealing with finding a home for my elderly mother who is dealing with dementia that is getting progressively worse. I would hear comments at the home that were very similar to comments I heard at work. It happened often enough that I was convinced it was not coincidence.
In February of this year, I had a mild stroke. I worked hard and was allowed to return in March on a limited work load. I perceived Todd (Director of Operations) as disappointed that I wanted to return. I felt he wanted me to go on disability. He said he couldn’t afford to pay me and a temp.
As I got stronger, they laid off the temp. I worked a few weeks alone. Around the first of June, to my surprise, Steve was hired to work in the stockroom with me. He is an obese man who carries a towel to wipe the continuous sweat pouring from him. The temp was physically fit. His second day there he called me Ricky. We had words.
On June 12th, Todd reprimanded me. I said I would start looking for another job. The next day he fired me.
This is truly a conspired effort of my former employers to punish me! I have been wronged. I am not sure I will ever get another job. I will certainly be apprehensive of any new employers.
I thought employers could not divulge specific information of past employees. Do I have any recourse?