I was recently fired from my janitorial job after 20-years of service. I am 75 years old. My manager and co-workers had asked me numerous times over the past three years when I planned on retiring. I always responded with, “never.” I loved my job, enjoyed the people I worked with and needed the money. Having been a stay-at-home mom before divorcing my husband at age 55, I still have a mortgage, almost no money saved and a mere pittance of a social security check. Three weeks before my birthday my manager called me in for a meeting, she had written me up for working too slow stating others had complained they had to complete my work. I strongly disagreed with her statement and spent the next three weeks keeping to myself and working hard.
Around my birthday, my co-worker gave me an empty swag bag he had found in the ladies restroom (the company I worked for hosts numerous on-site conferences) and asked me if I wanted it. I took it (despite knowing the rules – we are to turn in any left behind items to lost and found). A week later I was called in to HR. This very same employee had turned me in to his manager for stealing the swag bag. I told them he had found the bag and had given it to me, though, I did admit to taking it. He denied giving me the bag instead saying he had witnessed me stealing it. I was fired.
One more fact to note, my-coworker and manager are husband and wife.
Yesterday I received a phone call from one of my other co-workers; the company wants to throw me a retirement party. The party will be held at my former place of work and supposedly everyone will be there. I am embarrassed to show my face after what happened. Am I obligated to attend?
I sincerely believe you were not fired for stealing an empty $2 swag bag; you were forced to retire because you are 75 years-old. Companies can’t tell you that though or they risk being sued for discrimination. They now feel guilty and want to give you a proper send-off and thank you for emptying their trash cans and scrubbing the company urinals for the past 20-years I highly doubt your former manager and her lying back-stabbing husband will show their faces. Go. You deserve a proper send-off.Also, I believe in Karma. Setting you up like this was truly shameful. I predict your company will eventually outsource their janitorial services and your former manager and back-stabbing co-worker will be the first ones to be let go.
Enjoy your retirement. You deserve it.