I am currently employed in the US as a felon with a fairly specialized technical skillset who was lucky to have found employment after many years of search. I was hired with the help of an executive who was a family friend of mine who has left the company last year. I've been here working for almost 13 years. Things were going well until fairly recently when some new management arrived and decided give me some tasks that had never done in my career (I am very specialized). I failed to complete these tasks in time and for the next few weeks, I was being constantly asked by various levels of management about my status. Then suddenly, the following happened in order:
- I stopped receiving status update calls
- My 1on1 meetings have been cancelled or rescheduled to far off into the future (one was scheduled to begin on 2030)
- Projects I've been assigned to for years have been reassigned to other less experienced staff. I currently am assigned to no projects
- People often stopped talking or leave the break room when I enter. I am often ignored in our internal chatrooms.
Now I am familiar with the concept Oidashibeya, but is it a real thing or is there another reason for this to actually happen? To clarify, I have been "banished" for around 10 months. I don't plan on ever leaving this company due to the difficulty of my legal status and for the fact that COVID makes face to face meetings difficult.