Fired by email?


A friend who was working as an ultrasound technician in the NY/NJ area got fired last Friday night over email out of the blue, with no explanation given on why. She just started the job a few weeks ago and as far as she knew, everything was going fine.

I’d heard of things like this happening only in passing or on the news but never to someone I personally knew.

She still “got” to go to work the following Monday but the doctor in charge of the practice didn’t show up so she didn’t get a chance to ask for a reason for her termination. For now, she’s looking on the bright side of not having to do a commute from Brooklyn to NJ at 5:30 in the morning, but if you know of any openings for pediatric echocardiographers, feel free to drop a line in the comment section. I know it’s not that helpful, but honestly, I’ve been telling her that a place treats its employees that way is probably not somewhere you’d want to work if you have a choice.

So here’s an ad-hoc poll:

Feel free to leave any additional details in the comments below, and my sympathy goes out in advance to anyone who’s gone through this.


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Jake Stichler

I don’t know of anyone who’s been fired in such a manner, but I do know that my girlfriend of 3 years and fiancĂ©e of one week dumped me over IM. And we’re not talking high school, here, we’re talking 20 years old at the time. Too old for that kind of BS.

This is even closer though – when I was a temp worker at my current job, I was laid off when work slowed down. I got a call, while working, from the temp agency saying “I’m sure so-and-so let you know you’re being laid off due to lack of work, so give me a call back so we can get you into another job.” I came off the elevator, and after telling all my coworkers about the absurdity of finding out in such a manner, went straight to so-and-so up front and said “so, you’re laying me off, eh?”

I guess I was only supposed to get that call after work.

When I say “my current job,” I mean, they called me back 3 months later and told me to come in and fill out an application, and here I am for one and a half years now. Worked out, but still.