When You Get Hell for Leaving Your Company

*Emily had been working with a company for four years, since 2011. She started as a part time employee putting herself through graduate school to be an MFT, and later transitioned to a full time role.  After graduation, she continued with for company.  She had to.  Three years ago, she had gotten a DUI. The incident derailed her career plans and any chance she had to of starting in her preferred field..  She had to attend group counseling meetings, her car insurance sky rocketed, not mention the sentencing and fines she faced.   And she had to wait until a specified date in which she’d be applicable to use an assigned clinician number to begin working in her field.

The day finally came when Emily could actually begin applying for jobs she actually wanted to fill.  In her current role, she had seen so many changes in the agency; people coming and going, ideas flooding in and being ushered out.  She wanted to be in a position to contribute, than being collateral damage, as she had always been made to fill.

Four months into her job search, she found a position she really wanted. The interview process required several meetings with various higher-ups in the organization.  She had reveal the fact of her DUI, undertake a background check and  after careful consideration, was selected for the role.

Now came the moment for letting her current employer know that she would be leaving for another career opportunity.  She gave them three weeks notice and trained a co-worker to take on her role.  She told her department and tidied up any loose strings so no one would have to come in behind her and fix left messes.

Emily was railroaded by HR and her supervisor.  She was reprimanded.  She was passed over for her Christmas bonus.  She was even made to cry at the office.  And this was just week one into her last three weeks.  She wanted to just quit and say fuck it.  But she couldn’t.  She couldn’t afford to miss out on 2 more weeks of pay.  She was still living at home with her mom, paying off her car and her student loan debt while trying to carve out a life for herself.

She had given four years of service, taken on a role with 10 times more responsibility than anyone in her department, trained and retrained everyone in her department.   And her company treated her departure like a betrayal.

And Emily had two more weeks to go.

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