hello, i just recently lost a job. I live in Florida. I know i am suppose to contact the florida department of labor with regards to questions. But they are so hard to get a hold of. So am hoping that someone can share their wealthy knowledge of what to do in this situation.
I was working for a hotel for almost 3 years. My managers and i had a great relationship. But when it came down to getting vacation approved, i would seldom have any support from them. As a matter of fact, newer employees would simply ask for WEEKS! of at a time and they would get approved. Even during their probation periods..even days off they probably didn't have..out of all employees in my department, I can easily say i was working here the longest and even after missing a few days ..and of course some vacation request would get approved...but silly request..like one day or requesting a 3 day (requesting a day off after my days off...weekend..nonetheless, it was still a hassle and they always gave me a runaround excuse for not been able to approve at times..did i mention that for 2 straight years i sold more merchandise than any other employee and my manager would constantly bring to my attention how good of an employee i was..
so about 2 months ago me and another employee get into an argument..this happened behind closed doors..not in front of guest..we ended up talking to our managers about this. me and the other employee came to an agreement and moved forward.
2 months later..my "supposedly good friend" manager tells me that we are letting you go due to a recent event that took place 2 months ago..totally shocked and disappointed. I worked my brains out for this place and sacrificed and even went to work to cover peoples shifts who were absent. I don't want to flatter myself..but i can vouch and say that I was easily one of the best/responsible employees in my department.
After they told me the news..i was simply told to leave after meeting with HR..i did NOT sign anything..i wasn't told anything with regards to any severance pay...
so for about 6 days i have been trying to reach hr to see if i can get my vacation hours or to see if i have to sign something..i feel like i was back-stabbed with a sword..no support for me at all..no signs of any pay..
cutting to the chase...
What should i do..i was told to contact the Florida labor department to exercise my rights..
Do you think there is a way to get my unused vacation hours?
if - or if not - what legal actions can/should i take?
I really feel like i have been discriminated..
I currently feel so confused and have even been losing sleep over this..your input will be highly appreciated
Thanks and regards,