Being bad mouthed at work

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Being bad mouthed at work
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Sat, 06-01-2013 - 11:18pm

I am bus driver, I have 3 dispatchers, H is the head dispatcher, S is our morning dispatcher & M is mid day dispatcher & office  assistant. I'm friends with S & M {their African Americans & H is white} we prove rides to 100% disabled veterans. H & I at one time worked for the same school district, I don't think I worked with her personally. Anyways about February, S told me that I needed to watch myself with H. That  H has been bad mouthing me to the bosses/co-owners of the business. She has tried to talk them into letting me go because she doesn't like my voice {I'm the only 1 on the crew of 30, that uses the 10 codes & they always know where I am going} & about a month ago we had a driver's meeting, they told us that we could no longer go to our personal Dr's for our DOT physicals, I got upset. The company will not pay for our physicals, and we have to go to one of those health clinic places & this is going cost me $1000 to $2500 if I can't use my Dr. I was born with a heart defect, I've had surgery on my heart, my heart Dr me told I am fine & only have to see him if I start having racing heart, so I haven't seen him in 5 years.so if I have to go to these clinics, I'm going to have to pay for clinic, heart Dr & testing, for a stupid note from him that says I'm fine. But if I go to my personal Dr, who has been who knows my heart {she's treated me for over 15 years} I know she's not going to pass me if I'm not fit for my job. Anyways, I did my DOT physical back in August, my Dr gave me a 2 yr health card.  Seems H noticed I got upset {I haven't told anyone about my heart problems} & in the last couple of weeks she made it a point to tell the big boss that she didn't think I could pass the physical {I pinched my sciatic nerve in my right leg at work & my Dr wants me off work on L&I until I get this straighten out, I've refused, I want to be at work not sitting on my butt at home} anyway I'm still working, hurt. But H is is trying to make a federal case out of it. I'm not sure what I should do. I could use some suggestion. I've been planning on looking for a new job in at the end June Orr beginning of July.

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 06-06-2001
Sun, 06-02-2013 - 10:25pm

I might be misunderstanding, but it seems you think your doctor would not pass you if you were not fit, but then you go onto say that your doctor actually doesn't want you working currently due to your sciatic nerve issue, but agreed to let you work since you told the doctor you didn't want to sit at home till the sciatica issue is straightened out. I'm not sure that your doctor has your best interests at heart, and I think your employer likely doesn't want an extra liability for workers comp, especially if you are already still working when you've been advised to not work right now.

Liz


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Registered: 09-16-2002
Mon, 06-03-2013 - 7:55pm

Is H your boss?  If not, then don't worry about what she is saying.  You could nip it in the bud and go straight to your supervisor and ask if there are any concerns about your work.  I don't agree with you not taking time off for your injury.  You could potenially be setting yourself up for futher injury.  If you were hurt on the job, was a report made?  Where I work, all on the job injuries have to be reported, especially if it could turn into a workers comp case.  What exactly are you worried about with regard to this situation?  As for the physicals, that is ludicrous that your own doctor is no longer allowed to give you a physical and that you have to pay out of pocket to go to a clinic.  Who actually told you this?  It sounds very fishy to me, and who is to say that the money you are putting out is not being kicked back to this company?  Sounds like a bad environment to work in, so you may want to work harder on getting out.  Good luck.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

.  -Albert Einstein

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Tue, 06-04-2013 - 5:34am

Thank you both for replying. Yes I reported being hurt. I had worked for over a month before I figured out that I hurt myself {the nerve I pinched is in my right leg, ie: my driving leg} i talked to my Dr about me not taking time off, I was unemployed for almost 2 years before getting this job. So I don't want to look like I'm a wussy because I've injuries myself. DOT physical is more testing then a normal yearly physical, but I've been doing both at the same time {hense using my insurance to pay for the physical} no I don't think the company is getting a kick back, they said we can go to any of those health clinics, but I'm going to see if I can't see another Dr in my Dr practice instead of having her do it, maybe I can get around this stupid rule change. H is in charge of our base, so yes she is my boss. But we have 2 field supervisors too, I talked to 1 of them & he doesn't understand her problem with me either. About 3 weeks ago, I had finished my shift, was almost home when H radioed me {we have to carry 2 way radios with us 24/7} she demands to know where my van keys are, told her in my pants pocket. She spends 25 minutes screaming at me for taking my keys home {this key ring has my van key, office keys & both gate keys} I was told I was in charge of my van, if something goes wrong I'm responsible for the van. She tells me, to stop calling it my van {no duh, I know it's not my personnel vechile} but when I talked to the field supervisors, they tell me to keep my keys & to heck with her. Yes I've been job hunting. What makes the job search harder is I'm licensed to drive any type of buses, there aren't that many out there

As for the changing of the DOT regs, we heard it from our safey/trainer, I've check on the Feds DOT website to see if what we were told was true, but I haven't found any proof of it. 

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 10-11-2005
Tue, 06-04-2013 - 5:34am

Thank you both for replying. Yes I reported being hurt. I had worked for over a month before I figured out that I hurt myself {the nerve I pinched is in my right leg, ie: my driving leg} i talked to my Dr about me not taking time off, I was unemployed for almost 2 years before getting this job. So I don't want to look like I'm a wussy because I've injuries myself. DOT physical is more testing then a normal yearly physical, but I've been doing both at the same time {hense using my insurance to pay for the physical} no I don't think the company is getting a kick back, they said we can go to any of those health clinics, but I'm going to see if I can't see another Dr in my Dr practice instead of having her do it, maybe I can get around this stupid rule change. H is in charge of our base, so yes she is my boss. But we have 2 field supervisors too, I talked to 1 of them & he doesn't understand her problem with me either. About 3 weeks ago, I had finished my shift, was almost home when H radioed me {we have to carry 2 way radios with us 24/7} she demands to know where my van keys are, told her in my pants pocket. She spends 25 minutes screaming at me for taking my keys home {this key ring has my van key, office keys & both gate keys} I was told I was in charge of my van, if something goes wrong I'm responsible for the van. She tells me, to stop calling it my van {no duh, I know it's not my personnel vechile} but when I talked to the field supervisors, they tell me to keep my keys & to heck with her. Yes I've been job hunting. What makes the job search harder is I'm licensed to drive any type of buses, there aren't that many out there

As for the changing of the DOT regs, we heard it from our safey/trainer, I've check on the Feds DOT website to see if what we were told was true, but I haven't found any proof of it. 

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.