There are many jobs that are easy to do regardless of personal health issues, but some tasks require physical capabilities that not everyone has at all times. One female employee found herself in a difficult situation with her boss, who happened to be running for office.
The employee shared on Reddit that she “works in political campaigning which means I work on short-term contracts as an independent contractor.” During a recent job, she did well and was promoted to Campaign Manager.
As a campaign manager, she has made quite a name for herself in local circles and the 24-year-old was in demand. “I am the youngest campaign manager to run a statewide race in about the last 20 years,” she mentioned in the post.
When she signed up for a local campaign in a bid to stay close to home, there was no framework in place for the campaign and she had to build one from scratch. “There was no one other than the candidate. I ended up building out our entire team, consultant, fundraiser, staff, etc” she said.
The 24-year-old had recently found out she was pregnant and a week after joining the campaign, she also had an accident that resulted in a herniated disc. She could still run things as agreed upon since they could all essentially be handled from home and staff could do the rest.
She started work and everything was going on as planned.
“We had a team meeting with the entire team and I started pressuring the candidate about all the things she wasn’t doing and there was a legitimate meltdown. She started yelling at me about how I wasn’t doing my job and my pregnancy wasn’t her problem, and how I was the reason everything was falling apart and then hung up on the entire team,” she wrote.
When things took a turn for the worst, the woman confronted the candidate.
“I started pressuring the candidate about all the things she wasn’t doing, and there was a legitimate meltdown. She started yelling at me about how I wasn’t doing my job and her my pregnancy wasn’t her problem and how I was the reason everything was failing and then hung up on the entire team.”
The campaign manager was a mom-to-be and was working to get her candidate elected. After learning she was pregnant, her boss refused to pay her salary. “Since you are pregnant and can no longer door knock, you can either work for the state minimum wage or you can find a new job,” she was told.
This whole time, the employee’s husband had been out of work. He used to make six figures, but he lost his job during the pandemic and had been unemployed for 8 months. Thankfully, he had accepted a job offer earlier that same day, so the employee shocked her boss by telling her she was “leaving the campaign.”
She wrote, “So I stopped her right there and thanked her for the opportunity and told her I would be working my contractually obligated 30 day notice at my current salary and then leaving the campaign. She then began to scream at me about how she wasn’t paying me a dime more and started listing off a list of issues she had with the way I was doing my job.”
The candidate was furious and tried to back out of the legal contract.
Under her contract, the employee was due pay for 30 days from the date of giving notice that she was terminating employment. Not only that, but the candidate was a month behind on paying her and owed her an entire month’s back pay.
The candidate refused to pay, so the former employee hired a lawyer. Meanwhile, the candidate’s other employees quit, all expect one who was eventually fired for not taking the candidate’s side. Then the candidate called the police and made a false claim that the former employee was embezzling campaign funds.
After hearing the truth, the police were on the former employee’s side too, and told the candidate that it was “considered larceny to withhold my pay and asks me if I would like to press charges.”
Two days later, the former employee finally got a check for the money the candidate owed her. By the way, the candidate ended up losing the election.