Have you ever been fired from a job and felt you were being treated unfairly?

@kbkbooks (7030)
Canada
November 9, 2007 3:12pm CST
In a few jobs, not just in offices, but also as a waitress, I have been fired for working too slowly. I know that my personal standard of work is very high, and sometimes I find this does take a little extra time. Quality means a lot to my expectations of my own achievements. I don't want to sacrifice quality, but the world often expects us to do things much more quickly and produce in quantity, which is seen as a sign of good work. I personally feel this is wrong. If an employer doesn't want quality then I think maybe their standards set for their own business are not up to what I would expect of myself. I know that in a restaurant, for a cashier at a fast food joint or a waitress at a sit down place, the speed of the service is often a key. People eating out on their lunch hours are usually in a hurry. I just don't think that one should be penalized for taking a minute or two longer to get an order out. Many times I have received fast service and been the victim of the server's or cashier's error. This is a bigger cause of discomfort for a customer than waiting a couple minutes extra. The world is entirely too much in a hurry, unfortunately.
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
10 Nov 07
A co-worker of mines fiance just got fired after 2 days on a new job. Apparently he didn't know enough to keep the job. I thought that was kind of funny, not ha ha funny... just funny because I mean, why would you hire someone if they didn't know enough? isn't that usually a requirement? I've been treated unfairly at a job, but fortunately for me I was able to quit before things got to that level where I was fired. But it's never fun to be fired or to have to quit on bad terms (and mind you, I've never quit on bad terms...and I've quit most of my jobs..some inspired by the fact that i'd probably have been fired)
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
10 Nov 07
Being fired or quitting is basically equal in the eyes of potential new employers. They mostly tend to see the negative side instead of the reasoning.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
10 Nov 07
I disagree. I mean I've never had a problem getting another job even after leaving jobs for bad reasons. I think it's all how you present why you left to your new potential employer.
@homebody (24)
• Canada
16 Nov 07
Yes, I have been fired from my job and I felt I was being treated unfairly. I went to my union rep., then to a lawyer, who took me to arbitration, and , finally, back to work. This whole precess took a year
@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
17 Nov 07
That sounds about average from what I have heard with job problems, if they are not handled by quitting or firing. It seems long, but I guess there is a lot to be worked out in details.
• China
12 Nov 07
Someone is fired not because he is not capable of the job, instead, he is not suitable for the job. Half a year ago, I was fired because I am not good at being a headteacher. In fact, I have been working hard to be a good teacher and a qualified headteacher. For once, I have been very sad, because I think it is unfair for me. Later, I come to understand that it is not a bad thing for me, for I can find another job and see what job fits me well. Now I still work in the school not as a teacher, less anxiety , less pressure. In dealing with the new job, I have learned how to cope with my colleagues. I have learned a lot!
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
12 Nov 07
If one is not capable, he is certainly not suitable. That's just semantics, really. You gotta just love it when the higher ups say things like, We don't require your service anymore. So condescending. On the other hand, I don't think I would want to be the employer, because that has to be one of the hardest jobs, knowing who and when to hire and to fire, and then having to deal with it.
@caf48180 (281)
• United States
10 Nov 07
I was fired before because they told me that i could relocate and then instead they just fired me... O well.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
10 Nov 07
I know sort of what that is like. I lost a job because they told me I could change to the clerical department instead of being a telephone operator. They said if I had a note from my doctor they could do the change for me because they really couldn't fire me just because being a telephone operator was ruining my health (the doctor said I damaged my vocal chords permanently). When I came with the note, they suddenly said there was no way they could make the change for me so I basically had to "quit".