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What do you think is going to happen to me?

Postby paparoach429 » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:51 pm

Ok guys so tonight at work I had an incident. I work the dock at FedEx. Today has been alot warmer out than the past few days, when that happens the dock "sweats". Yesterday a guy broke a hydraulic line on a forklift and spewed hydraulic fluid everywhere covered about 50 feet of the dock. Also, today a different guy punctured a drum of oil in the same area of the dock. Neither one of these incidences were properly cleaned up by using "oil dry". Since the dock was sweating and it had spilled oil on it, it was extremely slippery. I'm talking almost no traction at all. I ended up sliding into a supervisor with my forklift who has his back turned to me. He seemed alright at first and tried to shake it off but after a few minutes he said he had to report it incase something more comes of it. I showed him the tracks on the ground that my tires made. You can see about 5 feet behind him I turned the steering wheel away from him to avoid him and slid the rest of the way. I was told to write out a statement of what happened and to go home for the rest of the night. A assistant manager said that I would get a phone call tomorrow if I can return to work. He said he also had to forward the paperwork to human resources and the terminal manager. My question is, do you guys think I will be fired over this? I just recently became full time and am in the process of becoming a driver. Should I call human resources myself and explain my side of the story and see what they say?


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Postby MemberSince99 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:55 am

Who knows. Every corporate culture is different. Depends if they are looking for a scapegoat or not. In corporate America there is always this atmosphere of fear and mistrust and find someone to blame for everything that goes wrong while giving the top level execs credit for anything that by a miracle goes right. So maybe they will can you. I guess I would have to ask, why didn't you take the initiative knowing the problem and put oil dry down or insist it be done? I know in the end if management is just flat out too cheap to pay for that you really can't (and they will still blame you anyway) so maybe that's why?


It kinda sounds like they plan some kind of action against you or why involve HR? My guess knowing corporate America is termination. But I don't know so find out before you freak out. I hope not.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:53 pm

Retain legal counsel.

That's the best thing to do. Trust me. They will try and screw you.

Hate to bear bad news BUT you need to prepare for the worst. I think they will terminate you. This is not a good thing as your record will show what you did.

You need to fight this and state the site was unsafe as a result of the other idiots before you who spilt oil
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Postby paparoach429 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:14 pm

I know of a few guys who have been fired for incidences and have gotten their jobs back. I guess its all about professionally stating the facts of the dock being unsafe and hope for them to go easy on me.

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Postby MemberSince99 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:18 pm

So what happened? I hope you didn't get fired. I was wondering about that today hoping for the best news.

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Postby paparoach429 » Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:54 am

Thanks Membersince99, I didnt hear anything yet. I went into work Friday to talk to my main boss as well as the supervisor who was involved in the incident. My boss seemed to be understanding but said it is all in human resources hands. I also called HR to see if there was anything else they needed from me and for them to see I obviously cared about the case to be calling when I didnt need to. I probably wont hear anything back until Monday or Tuesday but I'm preparing for the worst. I should probably start looking into other jobs and unemployment if need be.

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Postby paparoach429 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:28 am

Still haven't heard anything yet guys. It's been 2 full business days. I don't know how long HR normally takes for things like this. I also don't know if its a good thing I haven't heard back yet. You would think if it was cut and dry with them firing me they would have done it already, or one could argue if they were going to fire me they need time to get their facts in order for them to legally do it.

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Postby MemberSince99 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:40 am

Hoping for the best but prepared for the worst.

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Postby paparoach429 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:03 am

Well guys today I got fired. The boss called me in and told me that HR reviewed everything and they opted to go with a separation from the company. He told me I can and should appeal the termination. I asked if I was eligible for rehire after a certain amount of time and he said he didn't know but he would find out. He also said he's heard nothing but good things about me from supervisors and other managers there and he would definitely consider rehiring me if I'm rehirable. My parents as well as my sister who is a store manager think I should get a lawyer. As far my appeal letter goes do you guys know what I should say exactly?

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Postby MemberSince99 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:35 am

I'm sorry to hear that but not surprised. Once they got HR involved, I couldn't think of any other reason for that.


It seems so bizarre to fire what they admit is a great worker due to something like that. I mean they CERTAINLY wouldn't want to fix the spill and reinforce safety or anything that solves the problem, hell no, that's not the corporate America way - instead you find someone to blame and lower the boom. (Which is one of the reasons I can't stand working for the moronic lunatics who run business in this country). It's like working for Beavis and Butthead with MBAs. And since they screw up everything they touch they are ALWAYS looking for someone else to be blamed for that so they can still justify their obscene bonuses so my strategy is to make sure I can't be blamed because they are ruthless in their games.


You should appeal and should get a lawyer as well. You don't want your good name tarred with this incident. The question is - would you even want to work for these sort of assclowns again? I know, it's the same everywhere - I've jumped jobs trying to find somewhere that wasn't run by morons who are flat out nuts, and I finally gave up realizing that doesn't exist now I just hope to go somewhere LESS nuts, but would you want to work for them?


Just write your appeal letter from the heart. Tell it like it is and write from the heart.



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