To the lawyers at Sheppard Mullin, Hello :)
Is it lawyer or attorney? Maybe just legal councilor? I'm not sure.
Thank you for reading my blog. I know you have a responsibility to your paycheck by doing your research on me. I'm probably public relations worst nightmare. A young female engineer fired for a podcast discussing the unethical work environment in a manufacturing plant.
This quote is straight from the National Labor Relation Board via the stance on social media and unlawful termination-
Employer policies should not be so sweeping that they prohibit the kinds of activity protected by federal labor law, such as the discussion of wages or working conditions among employees.
*Awkward because I have a written statement on my unemployment hearing with them firing me because I discussed my salary on my podcast*
An employee’s comments on social media are generally not protected if they are mere gripes not made in relation to group activity among employees.
*Oooooooh bad news!*
Information for the general public:
Did you know you can file with Labor Laws up to six months after a termination? Did you also know you can represent yourself?
Am I the only one who thinks complete and utter bullshit that the retaining fee for an attorney is around $2500 and they haven't even done anything? I tried to get an attorney for wrongful termination, but no one wanted to represent me. I don't blame them. Who would want to work for a broke bitch with no finances going against the largest whiskey distillery in the United States?
I had to get creative. I learned how to represent myself.
The public will be the jury.
Life is hard. I thought driving to Maine in January 2021 was hard. If only I would have known I'd be driving an RV from Maine to California with an RV.
The hardest thing I did though, was not give up. Somedays just getting out of bed was the biggest accomplishment. I was so angry and broken. I use to be excited about life but after everything I had been through, I found myself looking at all the ugliness in humanity. I had changed, and Pat did not.
During the road trip, I started being my old self again. The person I was before the assault, the ex-wife's Facebook post, the podcast, and the wrongful termination. I started laughing again. I finally began to process the years worth of trauma. I couldn't have done it without Pat.
The irony of this whole ordeal was my nemesis: "The Man." The Man usually representing a large white male, typically in a leadership role. Guess what Pat is ;)
He stayed consistent, when I was all over the place. He loved me through all the hard days, and celebrated me on the good ones.
Letting go a predisposition prejudice, allowed my mind to push past boundaries of what I could have even imagined possible.
I promised him a life in Maine, and accepting that life is dead was hard because I was disappointed in myself. After I came back from filming in November, I shut Pat out because I wasn't 100% sure what I was doing when I decided to go to Peru. I wasn't confident in myself and I brought that into our relationship.
That was wrong. We are a team and sharing burdens makes a team stronger.
Pat and I went to Los Cabos in Mexico for Christmas. We stayed at an all inclusive adult only resort for 5 days and 4 nights at the Pueblo Bonita Hotel and Resort. With flights, the total price of the trip was $2700.
Let me just say, this resort was really nice. The food was amazing, the drinks were strong, the weather was perfect, the views where breathtaking, and the adventure was unlimited. Having no worries or hassle we were able to reconnect as friends.
I'm going to Peru in a week. I never felt more confident about a project in my life. My friends are going to meet me there. My man has my back and supports/believes in me.
I feel ready.
Until the next post!
What a cutie pie