A woman took to Reddit in need of advice after she was accused of a crime by her boss and has nowhere to turn to.
Under Performing at Work
The Original Poster (OP) is a middle-aged mother who has been working in a warehouse for a few years.
She’s responsible for meeting production number requirements, which were not always easy to achieve. Recently she’s been having a lot of days with lousy numbers.
An Understanding Boss
Her job requires her to move around to different departments multiple times per day, making it harder to keep up with the required goals.
OP has a nice supervisor (P) who understood her struggles and talked with her a couple of weeks ago to discuss ways to improve her performance.
Grateful for the Support
OP was grateful for P’s support, and together they came up with a strategy that would help her achieve the required goals.
P kept her in one department so she could focus on reaching the next level.
Improving Her Performance
The two of them had a conversation at P’s desk on the floor, and OP felt like she had a clear understanding of what she needed to do to meet the targets.
She worked hard to implement the new strategy, and her efforts paid off after a week. However, nothing prepared her for what was to come.
Things Suddenly Got BAD
Yesterday P called her to the office.
When she walked in, she was startled to see her nice supervisor (P) with a mean supervisor (L) she hardly ever saw.
OP immediately felt uneasy as this was very unusual.
The conversation started well enough, with L asking OP what she had been doing since her conversation with P to improve her numbers.
OP replied that she had stopped helping people (something that had got her in trouble in the past), stayed in her assigned area, and streamlined her process to get faster, just as she and P had agreed.
But then things took an unexpected turn.
L then accused OP of hacking the system to change her numbers, claiming that it was impossible for one person to have improved their numbers so much in such a short period of time!
OP was utterly dumbfounded and could not believe what she was hearing.
She had no idea how to hack a computer system and had obviously never done anything like that before.
Surrounded by Suspicion
Sadly, P seemed suspicious of her and didn’t have her back in the meeting. She also asked OP if there was anything else she may have done to inflate her numbers!
L kept asking how she managed to achieve such a significant improvement in her numbers, even going as far as to say that her performance was “insanely over the target.”
OP was taken aback by the accusation and began to cry.
She felt utterly betrayed by her employer, who was now questioning her integrity.
She tried to explain that she had not done anything wrong, but L continued to press her for answers.
An Argument Ensued
The conversation quickly devolved into an argument, with OP offering to demonstrate how she had achieved the numbers and L repeatedly insisting that she had somehow hacked the system.
P tried to calm things down, but it was too late. Her supervisors had done the damage, and the OP was left feeling hurt, confused, and betrayed.
She Was Flabbergasted
As she returned to work, OP struggled to process what had just happened.
Her supervisors had accused her of a crime she didn’t commit, and she’s worried that this will have long-lasting consequences for her job.
She’s also angry – what’s the point in working hard if your actions get completely dismissed and discredited?
They have no proof, and she hasn’t done anything wrong, how dare they question her integrity! She’s spent years working hard to build up a good reputation, only to have this mean supervisor try and trash it!
P tried to console her, but OP feels like she’s on her own.
She’s got no union to protect her, and she isn’t sure how to defend herself against these baseless accusations.
Her husband was also furious when she told him what had happened.
He knows she’s not tech-savvy and has encouraged her to contact HR and possibly even an employment lawyer.
OP spent last night worrying about the situation and the implications it could have for her job.
Today she contacted HR, but she couldn’t get through. She left a message, hoping to get a meeting soon to discuss the situation.
Is She Being Forced Out?
Her biggest concern is whether this is part of an orchestrated campaign to force her out of the factory!
She loves and needs her job, so that would ruin her life. She’s in this terrible situation in which she’s scared to work hard, in case they use that as evidence for firing her!
It’s so backward.
Treating Employees With Respect
OP’s story highlights the importance of treating employees fairly and respectfully.
Accusations without proof can cause a lot of harm and destroy a person’s reputation.
Her situation also underscores the need for unions and employee protection. Without these protections, workers are vulnerable to unfair treatment and accusations.
She needs help; she’s got no idea how to approach these allegations or even if she should get a lawyer involved.
Hopefully, HR will reach out to her soon because this is a big accusation and could have a significant impact on her employability!
The Internet’s Response
One Reddit user advised, “Do zero numbers on your next shift. Sit and put your feet up at your station. “For fear of being accused of a felony again, I’ve spoken to a lawyer who will be contacting the corporate Council on my behalf.”
What do you think the she should do here? Her employers have put her in a hard situation here, and there’s no obvious answer. Is there? Comment if you have the solution!
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