Thursday, 25 March 2010
Fight or flight - a regret
Hm, I just made this post as a response on Don't Bully Me and you know what? The memory made me so darn angry I'm going to post it here too.
I was effectively bullied out of my job five years ago after getting ME because I simply lacked the strength and energy to get into a dragout fight with my employers. Amongst their tactics were: refusal to assign me parking closer to work than a ten minute walk; refusal to transfer me to an office much closer to my home and easily accessible by bus - even though their own doctor advised this urgently and there was a girl at the office in question willing to trade places with me; constant pressure to increase my partial hours after two whole weeks being back; refusal to transfer me to a non-physical role; constant inference that I was making life sooo much harder for my poor co-workers. Looking back, I regret giving in to them, but at the time I really was so ill I couldn't face a fight - heck, I couldn't even think straight. To anyone in a similar position now I would say - don't fight by yourself, get your union and the Citizens' Advice Bureau involved and stay signed off work if your employer won't respect the advice of doctors.