November 10, 2018 - formerloyalcustomer
Been debating whether or not to post about my experience for a while but I can’t stay silent.
In early August I interviewed twice and was offered a cashier position, as a loyal Target customer I was quite excited. I was told during orientation that in a month and a half when my schedule needed to be changed for college it wouldn’t be a problem at all, just submit a request two weeks in advance.
I was constantly exhausted in the month and a half working there, my leader was an absolute jerk, his little sister worked there and she was horrible too, and he always took her side. Two weeks prior to my schedule changing for college I went in and put in a request for my schedule change, told the HR leader and she told me she would go in and approve it that day.
The following week the schedule came out and I was scheduled for all morning and afternoon shifts during my first week of college and my schedule availability request was automatically denied because no one went in to approve it. I quickly went in and talked to my leader about it, he told me the shifts were my responsibility not his, that I needed to have it covered or come in. I then talked to HR about it and the lady told me that it was fine, to put it online for others to cover it but if no one can cover it then she knows why I’m not there and I won’t be expected to come in.
I put in my schedule availability again and finally got it approved but it wouldn’t start until my third week of college because of my boss, I specifically told him I cannot work any morning or afternoon shifts starting ASAP. Couple days later the schedule for my second week of college comes out and he put me for all morning and afternoon shifts after I already talked to him multiple times that I can’t work then. I put them online and tell him and HR that I cannot come in for morning and afternoon because of college, again I am told that I will not be expected to come in if no one can cover it, don’t worry about it, they know why I’m not there and I won’t get in trouble for not showing up. I check in with them multiple times before I take the two weeks off for college since I can’t come in for any of the shifts during those two weeks, I also tell both of my other sales leads about the situation and they said they knew and understood.
Well the two weeks of college end and I have the flu, I have saved up sick hours (can’t punish you for sick hours in my state), I call that Saturday and tell them I have the flu and want to use sick hours, they redirect me to the store leader.
She tells me that I had been fired a few days prior. That I didn’t show up for my shifts and that nobody knew why I wasn’t there, my leader said he had no clue why I wouldn’t show up, my leads say they don’t know either, no one in HR said they knew why I didn’t show up, so they fired me. I explain everything that happened and she said that I needed to show up or call in, but with that many shifts that even if I called in I would’ve been fired for calling in so many times in a row.
I’m a college student and I was expected to show up for work instead of my classes that I’m paying thousands of dollars for. I didn’t call in for any of the shifts because not once in any of these conversations with leads and leaders was I told to if no one could cover, only to find out that with the amount of days I would’ve had to call in for I would’ve been fired anyway. She also said I had attendance issues before that, which I had never been late or left early, I missed only one shift prior and that’s because I couldn’t stop crying since it had been exactly one month since my biological mom had passed away and I was upset.
I definitely was unjustly (and likely illegally) fired, and I can’t stay silent about the mistreatment of employees anymore. There are so many other messed up things going on at the Target I worked at other than this, but this makes me livid.