So, I’ve been working at a private international school and I happen to live right across the street in a lovely apartment. But I’ve been off work for a week and a half because I couldn’t walk because of the gout in my foot. For the entire time I was off work, they knew where I was, they had dr.’s releases, and they knew what the problem was. Friday, they sent my son home with a rather passive-aggressive letter informing me that I have a duty to my students to be at school and they would begin deducting days missed from my salary.
Well, I had two different dr. appointments yesterday, so I thought that if they were going to deduct, I’d let them deduct and just take the day. I used the time between appointments to speak with the labor board about what I could expect if I decided to end my employment there. The entire time I was out, no one offered any assistance, called to see how I was doing, or said boo, just sent that letter with my son that basically accused me of just not doing my job. That didn’t sit very well, so I wanted to find out what legal terms I might be dealing with.
Well, the person I spoke to at the labor board excused himself and called the school. When he came back and told me he had called the school I was a bit shocked, as I hadn’t spoken to the school about any of this yet. He told me, “You better go talk to your school.”
So, I went to work this morning and was fired. I was told I have to pay for my son’s December tuition, where or not I send him to school there in December, and that they weren’t paying any my sick days, so there’s no pay for November. Out of their kindness, they aren’t going to charge me three months salary for quitting!
They said the labor guy was rude, asked them to hold my working permit until December, asked them to let me work until December, and spoke harshly to them. I don’t know, because I wasn’t in the room for any of that.
The school told me today that my taking my sick leave and resigning early was an “abuse of my contract.”
On top of all this, they had gathered all my son’s belongs and had them ready to go—as if throwing him out of school as well—and then had the audacity to question me about my plans for his education!
There have been a lot of communication kind of issues with this school, but it hasn’t been with only me, so I’ve been trying to stick with it—just go to work and go home and do the time, you know. I don’t even know what to think right now.
But they did say that they will cancel my work permit and health insurance for both me and my son today.
Anyone need a teacher?