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    • Siobhan7
    • By Siobhan7 19th Aug 19, 9:46 AM
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    Let go today during probation
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    • 19th Aug 19, 9:46 AM
    Let go today during probation 19th Aug 19 at 9:46 AM
    Hi, I went to work today and was told they "have to let me go"

    I am still in my probationary period which I get but only a couple of weeks ago they were singing my praises in a one to one meeting?

    I was off a good chunk of last week sick, I had a sickness and diarrhoea bug so went home Monday afternoon, I felt fine Thursday so went back in only for me to throw up again so I went home again and came back today.

    My manager told me it was out of his control. He didn't seem to want to be sacking me. I asked for the reasons why and he said there were "various factors" but wouldn't tell me what.

    I know the other week I heard them all talking saying business wasn't great, there weren't enough candidates for the roles (I worked in recruitment) or more roles were being filled elsewhere. Also a few years ago they had to make a few people redundant due to business not being great.

    My manager has said he is more than happy to find me another role with one of their clients.... which makes me think that the reason isn't me at all and they just aren't being honest.

    I've had no warnings about the quality of my work, last week was my first lot of time off due to ill health (and I think a sickness and diarrhoea bug is a good enough reason to be off) all they've said is "I'm not the person I was in interview" which is complete bull as I haven't changed since then.

    The company is a small family business with 9 (now 8) employees including the two owners and their two kids.

    Do I have any rights at all?
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    • Siobhan7
    • By Siobhan7 19th Aug 19, 12:04 PM
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    Thank you. I have already updated my CV and getting started on the applications. It's a crap situation but I have to make the best of it.

    Thanks everyone for all their advice. I won't be unemployed for long!
    • andydownes123
    • By andydownes123 19th Aug 19, 12:48 PM
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    How long were you working there for?
    Men's coach and mentor specialising in relationship strategy and advice.
    • Siobhan7
    • By Siobhan7 19th Aug 19, 1:02 PM
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    Only started 1st July.

    When I started there was a huge backlog and also the other two people that could do what I was employed for were on annual leave for a majority of that.
    • Gavin83
    • By Gavin83 19th Aug 19, 1:26 PM
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    Itís just crap. If thatís the case then I wish they were honest. Iíve been questioning myself all morning. I feel totally useless now.

    Racking my brains for any thing Iíve done so catastrophically wrong to deserve being let go but nothing.
    Originally posted by Siobhan7
    If they were honest and told you it was temporary to clear a backlog you'd likely have not taken the job or requested a higher salary to account for the shorter period of employment. It's both potentially cheaper and easier for them to just not mention it.

    Not 'right' morally but certainly not illegal.

    It probably isn't you so just try and put it behind you, move on and find another better role.
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 19th Aug 19, 1:33 PM
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    I know the other week I heard them all talking saying business wasn't great, there weren't enough candidates for the roles (I worked in recruitment) or more roles were being filled elsewhere.
    Originally posted by Siobhan7
    If they were honest and told you it was temporary to clear a backlog you'd likely have not taken the job or requested a higher salary to account for the shorter period of employment. It's both potentially cheaper and easier for them to just not mention it.

    Not 'right' morally but certainly not illegal.

    It probably isn't you so just try and put it behind you, move on and find another better role.
    Originally posted by Gavin83
    Siobhan - the days of sickness were probably just a coincidence - you've done what they wanted and now they're letting you go - not illegal but very bad form for a recruitment company!

    If they are feeling guilty about using you like this, they may pull out all the stops to get you a good position to move to.
    • andydownes123
    • By andydownes123 19th Aug 19, 1:47 PM
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    Only started 1st July.

    When I started there was a huge backlog and also the other two people that could do what I was employed for were on annual leave for a majority of that.
    Originally posted by Siobhan7
    I dare say that having almost a week on the sick after just over a month into a new job didnít help either ! Lol
    Men's coach and mentor specialising in relationship strategy and advice.
    • Siobhan7
    • By Siobhan7 19th Aug 19, 1:52 PM
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    I know. I tried not to but I was sent home on the Monday - the toilets are on the same floor and you can hear everything from all desks so they heard me throwing up. I came back in on the Thursday, wasn't 100% but I thought I was okay, took a turn for the worst and then threw up again, they heard it all and sent me back.

    Today it was mentioned that they weren't happy I came back in but I came back in due to being too scared of taking too much time off.... can't win!
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