The worst job in the USA

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  1. Gorgeous George

    Gorgeous George Well-Known Member

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    I have a friend who works for a home care organization that is classified as a charitable organization. She has worked there for 2 1/2 years, without a single raise. In fact they have cut some of her benefits since then. They don't provide health care benefits, either.

    She has cared for the same female, aged 25, who has the mentality of a five year old. She is an overly violent person who has attacked my friend for no reason at all. She pinches and punches her at least once a week leaving bruises.
    About two months ago my friend could not take it anymore and asked to be given a patient without a history of violence.

    Ever since that time she has been technically employed by that organization.
    The problem is that she has not been paid anything during that period that she requested to be transferred to a nonviolent patient.

    The human resource official there has been causing my friend to jump through hoops in order to force her to quit. Then they won't have to pay for her unemployment wages, imo.

    They made her go to a doctor to get an assessment of her mental state. She did this and passed. They have lied often to my friend.

    My friend, herself has a disability so they are discriminating against a person without disabilities.

    Her former violent patient takes no anti-psychotic medications.

    Her former violent patient's family are extremely wealthy and are blaming my friend for the outcome. They have offered no evidence to prove their claim. In fact, throughout her caretaking of the patient she has received much praise from the patients.

    My friend is defending herself by methods I can't divulge at this time. If this ever becomes public record or the story is reported in the news then I will post it someday.

    When my friend worked overtime she received minimum wage for the overtime hours worked instead of time and a half.

    She hired on as part-time but was forced to work long hours a lot of times. The state where she works considers 30 hours full time, btw.

    I live for the day that the public spotlight is turned on them.
     
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    The good ones are heroes. We could pay them a million dollars a year and I would not do it
     
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    No good deeds go unpunished.:frown:
     
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    From my understanding home health aides are classified as "domestic" labor, and therefore exempt from the NLRB and all Federal oversight when it comes to employment law.

    She might not be entitled to overtime pay, unless your state specifically requires it, and there could be a great deal of gray area in regards to worker safety.
     
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    Sounds shitty. If she's put up with all that, she should accel at any number of better jobs (which sounds like would be nearly any other job).

    Any clue why she doesnt work somewhere else?
     
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    Its very very hard work. This entire industry is in shambles secondary to labor shortages and lousy pay. So often it is dependent on governmental funding, that even the private pay is dragged down to rock bottom. When we begin to talk about 'controlling' entitlement costs in Medicaid and medicare by containing labor wage increases, we had better be willing to see our own loved ones dumped on our doorsteps, because nobody can afford to live on that wage. Nobody has any incentive to pick up extra hours, and nobody wants to deal with not knowing when or if the next 'shift' is showing up.

    A lot of people don't, you know. They don't even bother giving an hour's notice. They just never arrive and ghost away. the dedicated ones are exhausted and abused and taken for granted, until they too, want out.

    As one aide put it to me. " I used to work in a plant nursery. We pay more to take care of tulip bulbs and bonsai trees than we do old people or disabled people" Darleen left the industry soon thereafter. .

    Very sad statement that. .
     
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    She likes working at a job where she can care for people.

    It's also a matter of principle with her.
     
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    You nailed it.:)
     
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    Yes, and North Carolina is worse than a third world county by the way it treats workers and common folks.
     
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    Just wanted to thank all of the nice people here for your support.:angel:
     
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    The worse you can be treated is the worse you allow yourself to be treated
     
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    Not when you're poor.
     

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