Last week I was fired from a 500+ person company for reasons I won't talk much about, but it was on the verge of a wrongful termination. Let's just say my old boss lied to get me fired since he didn't like me, and both him and HR handled my termination very unprofessionally.
I'm curious to see if any of these instances are normal protocol for a larger company. I've only worked for smaller companies in the past. Granted I've never gotten fired before, but I've left companies in the past with absolutely no issues.
Should I be concerned at all? I'm worried all this will hurt my chances of finding another job, especially in my current industry.
In the seven days since my termination the following has occurred:
- Not being allowed to clean out my desk or pick up my final paycheck I was escorted off the property (normal protocol) after I was terminated, but I was not allowed to collect my things. I had to pressure HR to let me get my purse with my car keys. I wasn't allowed to pick up my paycheck from accounting. A very sweet coworker cleaned out my desk, picked up my paycheck, and met me a few days later to give me my stuff.
- Accused of stealing company property I had a company phone, but the phone number was my personal number of 10+ years. HR said I would have to turn in the phone once I got my number sorted out. I went to the first appointment at the phone store the next day only to find out that my company refused to release my number. While I was there I received a threatening email from HR saying that I did not tell them about my company phone and that they would call the cops on me by the end of the day if I did not return the phone. I returned it within 2 hours of the email.
- Coworkers and managers told not to contact me or to give me references An email was sent out to the company letting them know to contact my coworkers if they need something (normal protocol), but according to around 10 coworkers and managers that reached out to me in the last week my boss reached out to people either in person or over the phone letting them know he doesn't want them to talk to me professionally or personally or ever give me a reference.
- Contractors and industry contacts being told I was fired An email was sent out to my contractors and other industry contacts letting them know I was no longer with the company (normal protocol), but in the email it was said that I was fired and to beware if they communicate with me. One contractor called my boss to confirm a new contact, and according to that contractor my boss went on a rant about me despite the contractor not asking for reasons. He said not to believe what I said, but the contractor knew me prior and told me he thought my boss was lying.
- Coworkers and managers being told to unfriend me on LinkedIn I was working on my LinkedIn account and was going through my connections to see if I should reach out to anyone, and I noticed that all but 1 of my company connections have unfriended me on LinkedIn. Most of my coworkers unfriended me on social media (to be expected), and one told me we can never talk again (unexpected since we hung out on the weekends frequently).