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February 12, 2018 at 3:02 pm #739070
Sorry I was making a subtle joke:
Throw someone under THE bus -make them a scapegoat. They get the blame for whatever mistakes happen (where the bus is really “The Proverbial Bus)
Throw someone under A bus – push someone in front of a moving bus, likely to hurt or kill them (Where A bus is really… a bus).February 14, 2018 at 9:53 pm #739437
I just have to say how grateful I am to you all. You gave me a lot of hope and things to watch for during a really painful time. Kate, you especially, but everyone. She quit yesterday!!! It’s been really tense since I first posted but I essentially limited my interactions with her and made sure that I was never alone with her. Her manager, me, and she met yesterday to evaluate her progress so far on her PIP. She reacted very defensively and ended up quitting. I took a back seat during the conversation and her manager was very professional. When we told HR she had quit, they said, “this is the best case scenario.” I think they also wanted her fired but were afraid of a wrongful termination lawsuit because of her “stress” medical absence? Not sure, we are an at-will employment state… I don’t believe that I have ever encountered someone like her before —- so very manipulative and adept at twisting things—and she turns and strikes. It’s definitely been a life lesson for me. The comment someone made about me making a managerial mistake pouring so much into her——that’s right too. I shouldn’t have done that. I was convinced that she could be great if I just helped her get over this hurdle and was patient…. Life lesson #2. Anyway, it’s over, everyone from my boss to HR to my staff are glad, and I feel 5 years younger. Again, thank you all for the support. It was a really difficult time for me and it made a big difference to me.February 15, 2018 at 6:38 am #739461
@bb -that is great news. Take the lessons learned and put them to good use. Hopefully your paths will never cross again.February 15, 2018 at 8:41 am #739477
Is she any kind of protected class: minority, LGBQT, over 40? Even in an at will state she could come back with a discrimination case if her PIP etc wasn’t impeccably handled. Companies fear this. They get sued all the time.February 15, 2018 at 6:55 pm #739559
Yes, in her ‘50s.February 15, 2018 at 7:14 pm #739560
Yeah, so she COULD lawyer up or go through your state’s council for discrimination and come at them with age discrimination.
I moved into a new role 2 years ago and inherited a direct report who was relatively new and not working out. She wasn’t a good fit, but someone (who left right after) had recruited her heavily and hired her. So I got the shit job of putting her on a PIP and managing it. I was on high alert the whole time, scared she was going to turn on me and say I was a bad manager, hadn’t given her adequate feedback, etc. Someone told me HR was scared because they’d been sued a bunch of times, and this woman was a minority. Fortunately she handled it gracefully and didn’t throw me under the bus. Then a year later I got laid off and came at them for age discrimination and got a bunch more severance because they did in fact fuck up and leave themselves open to that.