THE DIRTY ARMY: Nik, I used to love/hate your site, but I’ve come to realize you’re actually a source of wisdom via lived experience. This isn’t your usual submission, but I thought I’d ask your advice. I put in my two weeks’ notice at my old job for a better opportunity for my career, and they dismissed me before that time. They do this to everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, who puts in a professional two weeks’ notice because the owner is insecure, mentally unstable and paranoid about his employees. He treats any leave, no matter how nice, as a betrayal. But they pay you the full two weeks anyway, so whatever. Before I left, I decided to talk to a manager I trusted and liked there about how a recently promoted supervisor was saying sexist stuff to me along the lines of any opinion I had just being emotional (I was the only female in my department) as well a as a handful of other incidents, like speculating on how it must be in my relationship with my bf, and would make extremely crude jokes in the workplace from derogatory remarks about LGBTQ, how his Hispanic wife never has the “headache problem” and is always down for sex, how “negging” is a good way to bed women, calling anyone who disagreed with him retarded, etc. Anyway, I told the manager my concerns about him and the manager seemed shocked and that he was taking it seriously. I’m not the only one with complaints about how a lot of managers there acted, but no one complains because they’re scared of getting fired. I felt safe knowing I was leaving anyway. Well, they told me they would pay me through the end of the month, but it seems that actually didn’t happen, and when I asked them about it they claimed it was a mistake and would be fixed BUT warned me that I was being threatening and might be burning a bridge with them. I’m furious with them because it smells like it was retaliation, and if so that’s 100% illegal. Someone there even warned me they might do this! I’m hesitant to go the legal route, but so far I haven’t had any deposits in my account. How long should I wait? Any advice?
Walk away. Any future employer gets wind of this… you will be typecast as a liability. It’s very unfortunate and you are in the right, but don’t risk your future over a couple thousand dollars.- nik