OP, the main character, worked happily for his company for 14 years. He really liked the job for the first 12 years, but then, everything changed. This is his story.
Two Parts of the Job
OP’s job at the company involved two parts – the “sales” part, and the office part.
The “sales” part meant OP had to leave the office and go to the client’s place, which often included lots of travel.
Sometimes, he even had to go out of the country.
He Was Great at Sales
OP got really good at selling. He sold top-quality products to customers in his own special way.
His excellent service made customers happy, and they spread the word, which brought more business to the company.
But Office Work Wasn’t a Great Fit
On the other hand, OP didn’t enjoy the office work as much.
He was good at dealing with customers who called in, but he didn’t like having to call up potential customers himself.
Handling Many Tasks
Despite not liking to make cold calls, OP was given a lot of different office jobs.
He made products, created new ones, trained new people, and helped fix problems.
He also filled in for coworkers when they were out, always doing his work well.
The Company Grew, and so Did He
Over 12 years, the company expanded substantially, and OP played a big part in that.
He trained workers in different places. He even taught medical students at a university how to explain difficult things to regular people.
A Change of Ownership
But after 12 years, the company owner decided to sell part of the company. This meant OP had to move work locations.
Given a choice between a long drive to work or having a new boss, OP chose the new boss.
She Changed Everything
Before she officially became the owner, the new boss worked with the team. But what they didn’t know was that she was watching how things were done.
Once she took over, she made a lot of changes to the staff, and only a few of the old employees, including OP, were kept.
And He Had a New Role to Play
Even though it was a new company, it kept the old name.
OP’s first job under the new boss was to train the remaining employees to take over for the more experienced people who were no longer there.
Things Got Rough
But problems started when the new boss raised prices and let the quality of the products drop.
Customers stopped coming back, and there were a lot more complaints.
They Lost Employees
During this tough time, a lot of employees quit because they weren’t getting paid enough.
OP’s girlfriend, who also worked there, quit. His close friend stayed, but he started looking for other jobs.
An Unexpected Meeting
Suddenly, OP was called back to the office by the boss. When he got there, she gave him a letter saying they needed to have a meeting about his work.
The boss had a list of problems with how OP was doing his job. He was completely blindsided!
The Outrageous Accusations
In the meeting, OP defended himself against all the complaints. They ranged from him not being at work when needed, to breaking health and safety rules!
The boss ended the meeting by offering him a contract with no guaranteed hours and minimum wage, or firing him with two weeks’ notice.
He Knew His Rights
OP pointed out that his contract said he should get 12 weeks’ notice. The boss didn’t agree at first, but after talking to her lawyer, she gave in to his demand.
His Last Weeks at the Company
During his last 12 weeks, OP kept doing his work as best as he could. He trained new employees and stayed committed to the company.
But behind the scenes, he got legal advice about his situation.
OP’s last days at the company were filled with mixed emotions. Despite the owner’s harsh behavior, he maintained his professionalism until his last day.
At the end of it all, he wished his colleagues well.
A Shocking Bombshell
The day after OP’s last day was a whirlwind. The first unexpected event was OP’s friend, who was being trained as his replacement, suddenly quit without warning!
This friend was on a zero-hours contract, which meant he didn’t have to give any notice.
It turns out, he was repulsed by the owner’s mistreatment of OP and her expectation that he would do the same work for minimum wage.
Then the Other Shoe Dropped
The second surprise was a letter to the owner. OP was taking legal action against her for unfair dismissal! According to the office assistant, the owner’s reaction was a spectacle of panic and tears.
Claims and Counterclaims
Despite the evidence, the owner disputed OP’s unfair dismissal claim, trying to label it as gross misconduct. She even attempted to invent even more reasons for firing OP!
But the truth was simpler: the company’s income was dropping due to her business tactics, and OP’s was the only salary she could cut.
Playing the Legal Game
OP was prepared with evidence of his good performance and her request for him to shift to a zero-hours contract.
Initially, she denied this, but OP’s lawyer countered with a transcript and a recording of their entire meeting. The owner was cornered.
The Costly Waiting Game
The owner prolonged the legal battle for over a year. It seems she was hoping the financial strain would force OP to back down.
But she miscalculated: OP’s lawyer was working on a no-win, no-fee basis, while hers wasn’t. Ultimately, the owner caved and settled out of court.
The Truth Comes to Light
Intrigued by OP’s sudden disappearance, several former customers reached out to him personally.
It turns out the deceitful boss had been spreading the word that OP had simply quit. When OP revealed he’d been fired under the pretense of cost-cutting, customers quickly shifted their allegiance.
Some even proposed job offers on the spot!
The Generous Offer
One generous customer took it a step further, proposing a part-time job and even offering to fund OP’s college education for a necessary degree.
Even though it was a heartwarming proposal, the distance made commuting impossible, and moving wasn’t an option for him.
Instead, OP found a fresh start in a different industry, applying his transferable skills to a better role with higher pay and more reliable employers.
Karma Got Her in the End
Meanwhile, OP’s former company began to falter. COVID hit, leaving the new owner in a desperate scramble for cash.
She started canceling orders without providing refunds, blaming an “act of god” clause in the contracts.
As a result, the company’s Facebook and Google reviews plummeted, most of the staff quit, and the business barely stayed afloat.
It’s safe to say, karma had made its mark.
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