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How to explain job separation and likely bad reference

I and my former coworker feel that I was wrongfully terminated. For the last several months of my job, I was obviously being targeted and unfairly singled out. I have a flash drive full of evidence. The office manager even seemed to act maliciously towards me. Despite the overwhelming stress affecting certain cognitive abilities, I hung in there. I have a meeting scheduled with Industrial Affairs to finalize my complaint against my former employer, a nationwide IP firm. BTW, my coworker quit as soon as she found out I was fired. My boss even lied about my separation, stating it was a mutual separation; I received benefits despite their claim. Since 7/31, I think I’m finally mentally ready to work again.
My concern: How do I explain my separation and lengthy absence after the separation date? Also, I fear my boss will state that they wouldn’t rehire me or even elaborate with close administrators.

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Matt Bornhorst
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Hi Margriet Hedden - wow, I am sorry that you had to go through something like that. If you have a flash drive full of evidence and a former coworker to back up your claim, then you should do find with IA and will hopefully have your boss removed from their position for what they did.

As for the lengthy absence, you'll want to read this conversation on resume gaps in your resume, and this conversation on resume gaps in the interview. They should help you explain them to potential employers!

I hope everything works out at your old job, and a new one! Please keep the Jobcase community updated - we are here for you!!

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Kim Wansley
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I've gone through the same thing. I say that I have out grown the position and is looking for another challenge. Contact eeoc and an employment attorney with your proof.

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Alice Gonzalez
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That is the exact thing that happened to me with my previous company. I was a hard worker, top sales person and had a big client list. Yet the Assistant Manager treated me badly, to the point that I would arrive to work and see her vehicle in the parking area and knew my day would somehow be horrible. My sister works for Human Resource and informed me I had to write corporate and let them know I was being harrasssed and discriminated so they can black ball that Assistant Manager and she would never be rehired. I will also be filing against the company. I was hired 3 weeks later and work Monday - Friday...same pay. I am thankful to God.

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russell gorham
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Good for you Awesome

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Jenifer David
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You can say that the firm experienced a lot of organizational restructuring and you decided to leave. You took some time off to relax and regroup and now you are actively job searching.

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Jani Reyes
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You can never use this company as a reference. Just say you took some time off to handle some family business.Good luck and God bless.

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tommy dibiase
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Stay positive

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Danyel Berger
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Hate er aid is everywhere in this Godless world we live in. Rather than speak to you, and try and maintain a loyal, hard working employee, they dog you out and wear you down. My condolences, so now that the universe got you away from that negative environment, i would say you took a haitus for personal reasons. I always go with my intuition, and prayer. God bless and best of luck!

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