I ended my current work contract early to accept another position, and because the place of work i am leaving has been a toxic workplace that has caused me to have extreme anxiety and panic attacks.
When i sent in my notice (contract allows early termination if you give 30 days notice), my employer allowed it with no issue. But now it seems they are taking the last days to bully and threaten me with a $15,000 fine.
I had to take a personal day for my health, in this particular week they had scheduled me for an extra day totalling a 6-day work week.
When i returned from my call out day, they issued me a “write-up” and now sent me a written warning threatening me with fines and accusations of my misconduct and breach of contract with insufficient work for “quite some time”, these accusations are completely new to me.
things such as being “absent consistently” and citing when I am present i work at “unacceptable levels”.... all despite me taking a personal day only once in my time there, and with there being records on out security cameras that can easily show i work 60+ hours a week.
Its my final week, and i want to know my legal options if they decide to threaten me further
If everything is as bad as you make it sound, and if your employer is as unhappy with you as they seem to be, and if you are within a week of the end of your written contract, it might be wise for you to (quietly) pack up your personal belongings and leave your position permanently. However, before you do, you are advised to go back and re-read your entire employment contract, looking for any clauses that might give rise to any legal action against you--or your new employer--such as a non-compete clause. You ight also want to consult a local employment lawyer too.
You should consult with a labor and employment lawyer to help you review your contract to make sure there is nothing that could make you legally liable or that they could accuse you for breaching the terms of the contract. Since you indicated that you work 60 hours per week, if they are not paying you time and a half for every hour over 40 per week, you should also discuss with the attorney whether you have a claim for overtime.
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