This is an odd work story from two years ago.
I live in the suburbs in Indiana, and had just gotten a new job working in Chicago.
I took the train to work, like many people living in the same area, and the commute was roughly an hour and a half (one way), including the quarter mile walk from the train station to the office.
They wanted me to be in the office from 8 to 5, sharp, without missing a beat (they even complained if I took 30 minutes for lunch).
I worked my butt off as a software engineer at this place and provided code that everyone on the team was impressed with.
I was new to public transportation and it was flu season, so I ended up taking two sick days in a row.
Upon coming back to work, I was called to a meeting with the CEO and CTO.
The CEO told me that he was worried about me making the long commute, and with my "flu and all" he didn't think it was going to work out.
He said that I could sign a "formal letter of resignation and receive a months pay in advance" (I had only been there four weeks) or he could "fire me on the spot."
I, having a five month old son at the time, agreed to the formal letter of resignation and signed.
Of course, I had a terrible time finding a job.
For one, it was the winter months. Two, no one believed my story. Two companies that I interviewed with told me that they thought my story was bullshit and that "no one gives a fired employee a month of pay."
To top it off, my son got bronchitis shortly after I was fired and we didn't have medical coverage. I tried to fight them for COBRA, but they were very quick to get a lawyer involved who claimed that they were not required to provide me coverage through COBRA for some reason.
I don't want to press charges now, but I have always wondered if I should have pressed charges then.
Did I throw away my chances of pressing charges by signing the formal letter of resignation. Could I have ever pressed charges.