In July 2011 at my review I was told I was doing very well and had improved keep up the good work. Mr. Vance said they were giving me a raise. He said it would be $1500. His wife Patricia slapped the table and said NO. and said to Mr. Vance, I thought we agreed and he said well yes I guess, it's $1000. she said there was an issue about music at our desks, I have head phones and she said NO music at our desks even with headphones. She also wanted a note or something about any times taken during the week and put it on her desks. She said he has no idea who is there and when. I suggested a time sheet which I created and put on her desk every Friday without FAIL. November 2011 Mr. Vance I was told of a bill that came in on a client case that was closed in 2010. It was for a client and I told him I never knew about it or it would have been paid. It was over $1,000. Mr. Vance called me into his office and said that I talked loud and sometimes I talked to myself and he did not know if I was talking to him. (sometimes yes, I did talk to myself about my files, but my back is facing his office) (I also hummed).
The other employees have music at their desks and I would asked them something and have to ask them twice because they had headphones on. A secretary in the office made rude remarks about my perfume to the point that I stopped wearing perfume, lotion and deodorant. Other employees would gossip and make derogatory remarks about clients or other people who came into the office, which I never participated in. It became a hostile environment in which they did not speak to me unless absolutely necessary.
December 2011, I was given a month salary as a bonus. Mr. Vance told me that I was to take classes or what ever was needed to become the GURU of Lexus Nexus a filing program we used to file documents with the court. I took two, (2) hour classes online at my desk.
In January of 2012 Mr. Vance asked me: "throw together a demand pleading" on a client file. I told him I did not have all or enough information. He said just do it and put it on my desk. Three (3) weeks later he throws it on my desk and said: "this is the worst I have ever seen". I told him again you told me to throw it together and I told you I did not have all the information.
February 17, 2012 I came back from lunch and Mr. Vance asked me into his office. He said "sit down" and when I did he said I am going to let you go. I was in shock and asked him why. He said: "well, I think you misrepresented yourself 2 1/2 years ago when I hired you". He said there were other things as well and I asked what things? He said that a client bill had come in a while back and that it cost him thousands of dollars. I said the one from November that I never knew about and he said yes. I said "I cannot pay a client bill if I don't have it".
I asked him if I could file for unemployment and he said: "NO", well you can but I will fight you - it" VER BATIM
Mr. Vance said clear your desk out right now and shut your computer down and give me your keys.
Jason left me a voice mail from Denver Unemployment on 5/2/12 which stated that between July of 2011 and January 2012 I was warned 4 times. THAT IS NOT TRUE. Jason also stated that Keith D Vance LLP said I made numerous clerical errors. Any clerical errors were always corrected. Never was I told of any complaint from any client. I have never misrepresented myself as a secretary and have many professional references of my work ethics. The Vance Law Firm opens at 8am and from my hire date, I have always been in the office no later than 7:30am, while no other employees came in the office until after 8am.
I have documentation from my previous employers and professional references regarding my work ethics that all state I am a hard worker and honest.