I hate my job!

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Registered: 11-28-1999
I hate my job!
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Sun, 05-18-2014 - 10:12pm

I am a lawyer and I have been with the same small firm for 17 yrs--I started off working there part time while I tried to get my own cases and eventually realized it would be easier just to increase my hours there--I have been full time for a long time, but since I started off part time, my boss still treats me like an independent contractor, although I finally got him to pay me as an employee and take out taxes.  I wanted the assurance that if I ever got laid off, I could collect unemployment.  I get NO benefits--no paid holidays, sick days or insurance.  Plus my pay is low.

My boss used to be very hands off but about a year ago, he has this total personality change and now wants to micromanage everything.  He has also become very agressive towards the "other side."  I really don't even want to be associated with him because his behavior is embarrassing.  Last week I talked to a mediator who I actually went to law school with--he said "either your boss is a genius or he's on drugs."  Behind his back, people always comment to me about how I do all the work.

So obviously I am looking for another job but I feel that due to my age (over 50) plus being in this unknown law firm for so long it's really working against me.  I know you are supposed to network and I tell everyone I know that I'm looking but so far it's not helping.  I have had some interviews but no offers yet.  I don't really have a question, just kind of venting.

Oh I also complained 2 weeks ago because I was waiting for a case settlement to come in because he's always promising me a bonus and the one I got was miniscule, so I actually wrote my boss an email and complained about how he is making these promises and then didn't come through--he said he would talk to me, but we were busy and he never got around to it--and last week he went on vacation.  I can't wait to see him try to tell me about how he has no money--after he comes back from a week away.

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Registered: 05-19-2014
Mon, 05-19-2014 - 9:37pm
Your considered an employee, so you have a W-2 on file with the company? Do other people at your level within the company that are considered full time receive benefits? If so and you are not, then you have a discrimination suit on your hands I would imagine. Or at the very least, file a grevience with your HR department. You also need to determine how your pay compares to others in your position within the company. Again, talk to your HR department. If it isn't commiserate with what other's are making, you have more grounds for a grevience. I wouldn't go so far as to say your boss is on drugs, but it does sound like something happened in his personal life that is being brought unwittingly into the office whether he realizes it or not. In your conversation with him, you should bring up the fact that you have seen a personality change come over him in the past year, why he thinks that is and what sort of solution can be obtained. Best of all during that conversation, be a good listener. It will go a LONG way! :) Best of luck to you!

Danielle

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Registered: 05-19-2014
Mon, 05-19-2014 - 9:38pm
Your considered an employee, so you have a W-2 on file with the company? Do other people at your level within the company that are considered full time receive benefits? If so and you are not, then you have a discrimination suit on your hands I would imagine. Or at the very least, file a grevience with your HR department. You also need to determine how your pay compares to others in your position within the company. Again, talk to your HR department. If it isn't commiserate with what other's are making, you have more grounds for a grevience. I wouldn't go so far as to say your boss is on drugs, but it does sound like something happened in his personal life that is being brought unwittingly into the office whether he realizes it or not. In your conversation with him, you should bring up the fact that you have seen a personality change come over him in the past year, why he thinks that is and what sort of solution can be obtained. Best of all during that conversation, be a good listener. It will go a LONG way! :) Best of luck to you!

Danielle

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Registered: 11-09-2011
Thu, 05-22-2014 - 6:58am

I'm sorry. :( I don't understand how you don't get that stuff with being full-time, because it does sound like you're being treated as an IC still. 

I think it's good your networking. I'm not sure how you feel about this but what about branching out on your own for a some cases? I don't know if that's doable from a legal/job stance, but if you can start building your name up outside of this firm that may help too. I'm not familiar with that but just a thought. Maybe even if you just offer counseling rather than accepting cases? Just something to get the word out about you. KWIM?

It really does sound like a cruddy situation. I hope you're able to get to a place where you're happy soon!! 

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Registered: 08-12-2013
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 1:57am
If you are really good a law firm why not build your own law office so that you will be a boss ,however i don't know what the cost on building your own law office .In fact for me your job was really cool cause my job now is driving at http://www.niemi.fi/ at the same time personal trainer in some gym ? isn't my job is annoying cause it is full of reason to be tired.